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Daily and seasonal variation of traffic related aerosol pollution in Thessaloniki, Greece, during the financial crisis

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-587
Number of pages11
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Volume122
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

Airborne urban particulate and gaseous pollutants measurements were conducted at the kerbside of a busy road and at a nearby urban background site of Thessaloniki, Greece, during a winter and a summer period. The main objective was to observe how the financial crisis has affected the air quality in the city, compared to previous measurements. Compared to a study conducted in 2006, the current work suggests that although average concentrations at the traffic affected site remain higher that in the urban background station, the differences are much smaller than in the past. A number of observations suggest a scenario of decrease in traffic activity and increase in biomass burning for residential heating. On this basis, the results suggest that traffic may be less important as an air quality contributor in a financially hit city. On the contrary, domestic heating appears as a significant contributor and affects areas of the city that were earlier not being of environmental concern. Because of the impact of biomass burning in residential areas, exposure calculations are required to estimate whether traffic or biomass burning is the overall highest contributors to daily PM dosages that citizens of the city are exposed to.

Keywords

  • Particle size distribution, Particle volatility, Ultrafine particles, Urban aerosol