Articles | Volume 21, issue 4
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 2675–2692, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-2675-2021

Special issue: Quantifying the impacts of stay-at-home policies on atmospheric...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 2675–2692, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-2675-2021

Research article 23 Feb 2021

Research article | 23 Feb 2021

Changes in black carbon emissions over Europe due to COVID-19 lockdowns

Nikolaos Evangeliou et al.

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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Nikolaos Evangeliou on behalf of the Authors (11 Dec 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (15 Dec 2020) by Toshihiko Takemura
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (16 Jan 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (17 Jan 2021) by Toshihiko Takemura
AR by Nikolaos Evangeliou on behalf of the Authors (17 Jan 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (18 Jan 2021) by Toshihiko Takemura

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AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Nikolaos Evangeliou on behalf of the Authors (16 Feb 2021)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (16 Feb 2021) by Toshihiko Takemura
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Short summary
Following the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to Europe, social distancing rules were introduced to prevent further spread. We investigate the impacts of the European lockdowns on black carbon (BC) emissions by means of in situ observations and inverse modelling. BC emissions declined by 23 kt in Europe during the lockdowns as compared with previous years and by 11 % as compared to the period prior to lockdowns. Residential combustion prevailed in Eastern Europe, as confirmed by remote sensing data.
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