MonAirNet | Strengthening the Austrian-Czech Republic Cross-Border Cooperation:
Impact Assessment of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the atmosphere


MONAIRNET Sampling Site:

  • Košetice

Sampling site type:

  • background, rural

GPS coordinates:

  • 49°34'24.73"N, 15°04'49.00"E


  • 535 m

Sampling methods within the MONAIRNET project on this site:

  • Atmospheric Deposition
  • Active air sampling by directional high volume ambient air samplers
  • Passive Air Sampling
  • Needles Sampling (Passive Air Sampling)

Site Description:

Košetice observatory is a unique sampling site with a long term integrated environmental monitoring. The sampling site is located in the grounds of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI) meteorological station – Košetice, Pelhřimov district. The observatory is located in a quite steep terrain (rise more than 10%), surrounded by agricultural, mostly arrablelands. The sampling site was situated in a vicinity of about 50 m from the nearest observatory building.

The site is located away from residential areas and also out of reach of a majority pollution sources. Possible pollution sources on this site are of anthropogenic origin – domestic heating from surrounding villages and agriculture, in particular dust from surrounding agricultural fields areas. The sampling site is classified as a rural background.