Articles | Volume 16, issue 17
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11219–11236, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-11219-2016

Special issue: CHemistry and AeRosols Mediterranean EXperiments (ChArMEx)...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11219–11236, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-11219-2016

Research article 12 Sep 2016

Research article | 12 Sep 2016

Long-term visibility variation in Athens (1931–2013): a proxy for local and regional atmospheric aerosol loads

Dimitra Founda et al.

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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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