Seasonal variation of atmospheric nutrient deposition in the western part of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Dione Richer Momolli, Huan Pablo de Souza, Mauro Valdir Schumacher, Aline Aparecida Ludvichak, Claudiney do Couto Guimarães, Angélica Costa Malheiros, José Mateus Wisniewski Gonsalves


The chemical composition of rainfall is influenced by natural or anthropogenic factors; the amount of nutrients deposited is increased by the amount of rainfall. This work sought to estimate the amount of nutrients deposited by precipitation in the Pampa biome, the seasonal variation of the chemical composition of rain water, and the origin of nutrients found in the water. Precipitation collectors were installed in the open area to measure precipitation volumes biweekly over 2 years, and the samples were chemically analyzed. Concentrations of nutrients in the rain water increased over winter; however, since there was less precipitation, the total deposition was similar to the other seasons. Correlation analysis using the Pearson coefficient showed a negative correlation between rain volume and ion contents, indicating a dilution effect. The total amount of nutrients from precipitation during the study was 72.7 kg ha-1, representing an average of 36.3 kg ha-1 year-1. The Ca2+ and K+ ions are predominantly of litholical origin, whereas the SO42- and NO3- ions were of anthropogenic origin. The balance between the sum of cations and the sum of anions was shown to be unitary, indicating excellent data validation. The input of these nutrients occurs gradually, avoiding excessive losses, increasing the stock in the soil.


hydrology, nutrient cycling, seasonality, sustainability


Revista Ambiente & Água. ISSN:1980-993X DOI:10.4136/1980-993X

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