Processes affecting aerosol concentrations in Gough's Cave, Cheddar Gorge, UK

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  • Department of Environmental Sciences / Center of Excellence in Environmental Studies, King Abdulaziz University, PO Box 80203, Jeddah, 21589, Saudi Arabia


Results are presented from environmental monitoring over seasonal timescales in Gough's Cave, Cheddar Gorge, UK as a component of cave process research. Pronounced diurnal cycles in cave air pCO2, temperature and aerosols are observed in summer (15/08/12- ∼12/09/12) and are attributed to the dominance of anthropogenic influences. The cycles diminish in the winter (end-September onwards) when the combination of reduced visitor numbers and increased cave ventilation allows natural processes to dominate. The reversal of the internal-external thermal gradient during mid-September coincides with an increase in the baseline concentration of aerosols. Aerosol baseline data allow the identification of distinct seasonal modes providing a greater insight into environmental processes within the cave than more established metrics such as pCO2 and temperature alone.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-47
Number of pages6
JournalCave and Karst Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


  • Aerosols, Cave anthropogenic influences, Cave environment, Cave monitoring, Cave ventilation

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