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Quality Assurance Report: National Atmospheric Deposition Program 2008 Rothert, Jane, 2010  Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL,  ISWS CR 2010-02    Full Text Available

The National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) and the Central Analytical Laboratory (CAL) have been in operation since 1978. Since the beginning of the network, quality assurance has been of paramount importance. The Quality Assurance Report, National Atmospheric Deposition Program, 2008, describes the quality assurance measures used at the CAL for the NADP/National Trends Network (NTN) and NADP/Atmospheric Integrated Research Monitoring Network (AIRMoN), and reports the results of these programs. The goal of the CAL quality assurance program is to provide reliable, consistent, high-quality data that fulfill the needs of researchers and other data users. This is achieved by incorporating quality control and quality assurance checks throughout the sample flow process. System blanks and control checks are included at strategic sample and data flow points. Results are compiled to generate information about the quality of the data, presented in tables or brief written explanations. The CAL met its quality control objectives for the networks in 2008.

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