Levels, sources and seasonality of coarse particles (PM10-PM2.5) in three European capitals e implications for particulate pollution control

Kassomenos, Pavlos and Vardoulakis, Sotiris and Chaloulakou, Archontoula and Grivas, Georgios and Lumbreras Martin, Julio (2012). Levels, sources and seasonality of coarse particles (PM10-PM2.5) in three European capitals e implications for particulate pollution control. "Atmospheric Environment", v. 54 ; pp. 337-347. ISSN 1352-2310. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.02.051.

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Title: Levels, sources and seasonality of coarse particles (PM10-PM2.5) in three European capitals e implications for particulate pollution control
Author/s:
  • Kassomenos, Pavlos
  • Vardoulakis, Sotiris
  • Chaloulakou, Archontoula
  • Grivas, Georgios
  • Lumbreras Martin, Julio
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Atmospheric Environment
Date: July 2012
Volume: 54
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Particulate matter; Coarse particles; Resuspension; Urban atmosphere; Vehicle emissions
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Química Industrial y del Medio Ambiente
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Coarse particles of aerodynamic diameter between 2.5 and 10 mm (PMc) are produced by a range of natural (windblown dust and sea sprays) and anthropogenic processes (non-exhaust vehicle emissions, industrial, agriculture, construction and quarrying activities). Although current ambient air quality regulations focus on PM2.5 and PM10, coarse particles are of interest from a public health point of view as they have been associated with certain mortality and morbidity outcomes. In this paper, an analysis of coarse particle levels in three European capitals (London, Madrid and Athens) is presented and discussed. For all three cities we analysed data from both traffic and urban background monitoring sites. The results showed that the levels of coarse particles present significant seasonal, weekly and daily variability. Their wind driven and non-wind driven resuspension as well as their roadside increment due to traffic were estimated. Both the local meteorological conditions and the air mass history indicating long-range atmospheric transport of particles of natural origin are significant parameters that influence the levels of coarse particles in the three cities especially during episodic events.

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Item ID: 16698
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/16698/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:16698
DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.02.051
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1352231012001665
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 20 Jan 2014 19:46
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 17:03
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