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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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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