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The difference between active and passive monitoring sampling?

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February 02, 2009 8:34PM

Active Sampling refers to the process of connecting sample collection media (i.e., thermal desorption tube) to a sampling train consisting of inert tubing and a sample pump operating at a know flow rate. Once activated, the sample pump draws air through the sample media, resulting in a know sample volume. Passive Sampling refers to the process of allowing sample collection media (i.e., thermal desorption tube) to passively diffuse air through the sample media without benefit of 'forced air'. This allows for longer potential sample periods without concern for overloading the sampling media. •