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Tipo: Articolo in rivista

Titolo: Particulate matter and gaseous pollutants in the Mediterranean Basin: Results from the MED-PARTICLES project

Anno di pubblicazione: 2014

Autori: Karanasiou, Angeliki; Querol, Xavier; Alastuey, Andres; Perez, Noemi; Pey, Jorge; Perrino, Cinzia; Berti, Giovanna; Gandini, Martina; Poluzzi, Vanes; Ferrari, Silvia; de la Rosa, Jesus; Pascal, Mathilde; Samoli, Evangelia; Kelessis, Apostolos; Sunyer, Jordi; Alessandrini, Ester; Stafoggia, Massimo; Forastiere, Francesco

Affiliazioni autori: Inst Environm Assessment & Water Res IDAEA; Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR); Reg Environm Protect Agcy; Ctr Temat Reg Aree Urbane Arpa Emilia Romagna; Universidad de Huelva; Inst Veille Sanitaire; Athens Medical School; Municipal Thessaloniki; Pompeu Fabra University; Dept Epidemiol Lazio Reg

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Abstract: Previous studies reported significant variability of air pollutants across Europe with the lowest concentrations generally found in Northern Europe and the highest in Southern European countries. Within the MED-PARTICLES project the spatial and temporal variations of long-term PM and gaseous pollutants data were investigated in traffic and urban background sites across Southern Europe. The highest PM levels were observed in Greece and Italy (Athens, Thessaloniki, Turin and Rome) while all traffic sites showed high NO2 levels, frequently exceeding the established limit value. High PM2.5/PM10 ratios were calculated indicating that fine particles comprise a large fraction of PM10, with the highest values found in the urban background sites. It seems that although in traffic sites the concentrations of both PM2.5 and PM10 are significantly higher than those registered in urban background sites, the coarse fraction PM2.5-10 is more important at the traffic sites. This fact is probably due to the high levels of resuspended road dust in sites highly affected by traffic, a phenomenon particularly relevant for Mediterranean countries. The long-term trends of air pollutants revealed a significant decrease of the concentration levels for PM, SO2 and CO while for NO2 no clear trend or slightly increasing trends were observed. This reduction could be attributed to the effectiveness of abatement measures and strategies and also to meteorological conditions and to the economic crisis that affected Southern Europe. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Pagine da: 297

Pagine a: 315

Pagine totali: 19


Science of the total environment Elsevier
Paese di pubblicazione: Paesi Bassi
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 0048-9697

Numero volume: 488

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.04.096

Indicizzato da: ISI Web of Science (WOS) [000338600800032]

Parole chiave:

  • Air pollution
  • PM10
  • PM2.5
  • Aerosol
  • PM trends
  • Southern Europe

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