Dataset: TERN Weekly Pollen Count - Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2007-2009


The datafile, published by the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) contains the composition and abundance of airborne pollen in the campus of the Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia. The data was collected for the period between September 2007 to December 2009 as part of a large research program looking at atmospheric particles and human health and phenology of urban planted environments (unpublished).

Airborne pollen counts were derived from deployment of a seven-day Hirst-type volumetric pollen and spore trap located on a rooftops at 8m above the ground. The Hirst-type sampler uses a range of adhesive surface compounds including vaseline and 10% paraffin wax in toluene on MelinexTM tape (Burkard Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK), silicon-based adhesive (Lanzoni s.r.l., Bologna, Italy). The seven-day tapes are then cut into 24-hr segments and mounted on glass slides with a stain such as fuchsine stained Gelvatol. Analysis of each 24-hr period is conducted by counting four transects at 400 magnification. The data is summed to provide an average weekly pollen count.

For more information please visit the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS) Data Portal.

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