Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3673–3685, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-3673-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3673–3685, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-3673-2017

Research article 15 Mar 2017

Research article | 15 Mar 2017

AIRUSE-LIFE +: estimation of natural source contributions to urban ambient air PM10 and PM2. 5 concentrations in southern Europe – implications to compliance with limit values

Evangelia Diapouli et al.

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This study examined the contribution of two natural sources (long-range transport of African dust and sea salt) to the airborne particulate matter concentrations, in 5 southern European cities (Porto, Barcelona, Milan, Florence, Athens). The results demonstrated that natural sources are often expressed with high-intensity events, leading even to exceedances of the EU air quality standards. This effect was more pronounced in the case of African dust intrusions in the eastern Mediterranean area.
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