Work Item
ASTM WK40037

New Guide for Determining Concentration Values from Groundwater, Air, and Soil Gas Using Adsorbent-Based, Passive Samplers

1. Scope

Passive sampling is a well-known method of sampling water, air and soil gas. Adsorbent-based passive samplers effectively collect volatile organic contaminants due to the concentration gradient that the sampler establishes when exposed to contaminated media. VOCs diffuse from areas of higher concentration to the relatively low concentration surface of the sampler. Samplers collect a mass of contaminant at a rate that is directly related to the concentration that the sampler is exposed to. In air and water, the rate of collection is directly measurable. Due to the heterogeneity of soil and the variability of air-filled interconnected pores, however, uptake rates in soil must be determined using indirect means.


groundwater passive samplers, concentration values


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The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: D18.21

Committee: D18

Staff Manager: Katerina Koperna

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 12-13-2012

Technical Contact: Lorne Everett

Item: 001

Ballot: D18.21 (14-02)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution