Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 1725–1743, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-1725-2015
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 1725–1743, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-1725-2015

Research article 19 Feb 2015

Research article | 19 Feb 2015

The role of aerosol in altering North Atlantic atmospheric circulation in winter and its impact on air quality

F. S. R. Pausata et al.

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our study suggests that future aerosol abatement may be the primary driver of increased blocking events over the western Mediterranean. This modification of the atmospheric circulation over the Euro-Atlantic sector leads to more stagnant weather conditions that favour air pollutant accumulation especially in the western Mediterranean sector. Changes in atmospheric circulation should therefore be included in future air pollution mitigation assessments.
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