Biomonitoring of metal deposition in northern Spain by moss analysis

  1. Fernández, J.A. 5
  2. Ederra, A. 4
  3. Núñez, E. 2
  4. Martínez-Abaigar, J. 2
  5. Infante, M. 6
  6. Heras, P. 6
  7. Elías, M.J. 3
  8. Mazimpaka, V. 1
  9. Carballeira, A. 5
  1. 1 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

    Madrid, España


  2. 2 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España


  3. 3 Universidad de Salamanca

    Universidad de Salamanca

    Salamanca, España


  4. 4 Universidad de Navarra

    Universidad de Navarra

    Pamplona, España


  5. 5 Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

    Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

    Santiago de Compostela, España


  6. 6 Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Alava, 01001 Vitoria, Spain
Science of The Total Environment

ISSN: 0048-9697

Year of publication: 2002

Volume: 300

Issue: 1

Pages: 115-127

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1016/S0048-9697(02)00230-9 PMID: 12685476 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0038133813 WoS: WOS:000180003900011 GOOGLE SCHOLAR

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JCR (Journal Impact Factor)

  • Year 2002
  • Journal Impact Factor: 1.537
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 1.301
  • Article influence score: 0.0
  • Best Quartile: Q1
  • Area: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 29/132 (Ranking edition: SCIE)

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  • Year 2002
  • SJR Journal Impact: 1.166
  • Best Quartile: Q1
  • Area: Environmental Chemistry Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 16/75
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  • Area: Waste Management and Disposal Quartile: Q1 Rank in area: 4/72


The results of the first survey carried out in northern Spain to determine atmospheric deposition of metals by analysis of terrestrial mosses, are described. Samples of different mosses, mainly Hypnum cupressiforme and Scleropodium purum, were collected from 134 sampling sites, between 1995 and 1996. Levels of Al, As, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Ni, Pb and Zn, were determined by flame atomic absorption or atomic fluorescence spectrophotometry. Regression analysis was used to compare the capacity of the selected moss species to accumulate the elements, and intercalibration of accumulation in these species was carried out where necessary. Distribution maps were prepared to allow the zones most affected by metal deposition to be identified and to relate this to known sources of contamination: electricity power stations and other industries (e.g. Hg and Ni), edaphic contamination (e.g. Al and Cr) and road traffic (Pb). Background levels of metals in each species were also determined for the study area. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.