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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-11219-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-11219-2016
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Long-term visibility variation in Athens (1931–2013): a proxy for local and regional atmospheric aerosol loads

Dimitra Founda, Stelios Kazadzis, Nikolaos Mihalopoulos, Evangelos Gerasopoulos, Maria Lianou, and Panagiotis I. Raptis

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Historical time series are unique sources of information for past climate and atmospheric composition change. The 82-year time series of visibility data collected at the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) was an excellent proxy for the long-term evolution of particulate pollution in the eastern Mediterranean, at times when direct aerosol measurements were missing. Evolution of particulate pollution of both local and regional origin is nicely reflected on visibility records of NOA.
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