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Table 5 Element-specific minimum sample numbers (MSN) and actual sample sizes (n) calculated for Germany’s federal states using Moss Survey 2015 data

From: Development of the software tool Sample Size for Arbitrary Distributions and exemplarily applying it for calculating minimum numbers of moss samples used as accumulation indicators for atmospheric deposition

Federal stateAsCdCrCuFeHg
MSNnMMSNnMMSNnMMSNnMMSNnMMSNnM
BW14930C15630C4529C8030C1730C18630C
BY8760C5060C8159C5660C1060C6860C
BB1128C1128C1028C1928C1028C1028C
HH333A123A33A53A23A43A
HE8128C7428C2328C3428C2028C3128C
MV4824B2324A524A4324B924A2824B
NI5057C4057C3557C3557C1357C3857C
NW4948C2446C3148C4347C1348C2148C
RP16319B8619B2519B1519B619A2919B
SL956B2286B536A186A36A376B
SN4129C9329C16529C3029C1029C3829C
ST3329C3629C5129C2129C2129C2129C
SH2320B5020B3420B3320B1920B2220B
TH1419A2319A2119A1019A219A919A
Sum877400 906398 582398 442399 155400 542400 
Count 3  5  6  7  14  5 
% 21  36  43  50  100  36 
Federal stateNNiPbSbVZn
MSNnMMSNnMMSNnMMSNnMMSNnMMSNnM
BW2329C1030C3730C15630C2030C11730C
BY2660C1060C9660C5860C3158C5260C
BB1028C1028C1428C1228C4928C1728C
HH83B13A13A123A33A93A
HE1328C1028C8528C5028C2327C3628C
MV2324A624A3624B1024A8124B5124B
NI8057C1057C1757C6957C2857C3557C
NW1947C1048C2648C4348C2648C2548C
RP1318B219A2119B3819B1119A3119B
SL56B36B216A396B36A256B
SN2929C1029C4229C6329C4629C3529C
ST2029C1029C2229C7029C2729C2429C
SH2520B720B4320B6320B5220B1620A
TH1619B519A2319A8819B719A1219A
Sum310397 103400 484400 771400 407397 485400 
Count 11  14  6  6  10  7 
% 79  100  43  43  71  50 
  1. Italic numbers = MSN met or exceeded; Count = number of federal states where MSN met or exceeded; % = percentage of federal states where MSN met or exceeded; M = method; A = method A according to ICP Vegetation [1]; B = method B according to Wosniok ([11], cited in [8]); C = method C = SSAD method (Sample Size for Arbitrary Distributions)