Quantifying the impacts of stay-at-home policies on atmospheric composition and properties of aerosol and clouds over the European regions using ACTRIS related observations (ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)(ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)
Quantifying the impacts of stay-at-home policies on atmospheric composition and properties of aerosol and clouds over the European regions using ACTRIS related observations (ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)(ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)
Editor(s): ACP co-editors | Coordinators: Astrid Kiendler-Scharr and Stefania Gilardoni | Co-organizers: Paolo Laj and Giulia Saponaro Special issue jointly organized between Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and Atmospheric Measurement Techniques
ACTRIS statements of the purpose of the special issue on stay-at-home policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in an unprecedented decrease in pollutant emissions and in a well-publicized improvement of air quality in many cities in Asia, Europe and America. While the impact of lockdown on air quality was unambiguously detected in the urban areas through both in situ and space remote-sensing observations and its spatial and temporal extents, the specific role of meteorology and the cascade responses from indirect and non-linear effects are far from being fully evaluated. Throughout the very specific year 2020, ACTRIS and its partner institutions engaged in a pan-European effort to document the impact of governmental policies on atmospheric composition. ACTRIS maintained its operations at fully nominal standards, even increasing its sampling capacity in some cases. The ACTRIS data collection containing measurements of aerosol, cloud and trace gas properties across Europe measured during the year 2020 has been compiled and made available by the ACTRIS Data Centre units. Data from the year 2021 will soon follow. A community of scientists started evaluating the impact of the repeated lockdowns over the European regions. Because concentration and properties of short-lived atmospheric species are highly variable in space and time, evaluating the impact of reduced emissions is not straightforward. The special issue “Quantifying the impacts of stay-at-home policies on atmospheric composition and properties of aerosol and clouds over the European regions using ACTRIS related observations” will gather a series of scientific papers dealing with the measurable effects of lockdown measures over Europe. The special issue will particularly be dealing with • quantifying the spatial and temporal extent of stay-at-home policies on the European atmosphere, at both local and regional scales, • evaluating the impact of lockdown measures on the formation of secondary pollutants, • documenting the impact of reduced emissions (including air-traffic emissions) on cloud properties and occurrence, and • estimating the “missing” emissions using observation–model approaches. The outcome from the special issue aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the perturbation induced by the repeated lockdowns on the complex atmospheric system. The special issue is open for all submissions within its scope.

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04 Aug 2022
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 9987–10005, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-9987-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-9987-2022, 2022
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06 Apr 2022
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 4471–4489, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-4471-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-4471-2022, 2022
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28 Mar 2022
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17 Dec 2021
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 18303–18317, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-18303-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-18303-2021, 2021
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25 Nov 2021
Response of atmospheric composition to COVID-19 lockdown measures during spring in the Paris region (France)
Jean-Eudes Petit, Jean-Charles Dupont, Olivier Favez, Valérie Gros, Yunjiang Zhang, Jean Sciare, Leila Simon, François Truong, Nicolas Bonnaire, Tanguy Amodeo, Robert Vautard, and Martial Haeffelin
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 17167–17183, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17167-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17167-2021, 2021
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23 Feb 2021
Changes in black carbon emissions over Europe due to COVID-19 lockdowns
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 2675–2692, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-2675-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-2675-2021, 2021
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18 Dec 2020
UK surface NO2 levels dropped by 42 % during the COVID-19 lockdown: impact on surface O3
James D. Lee, Will S. Drysdale, Doug P. Finch, Shona E. Wilde, and Paul I. Palmer
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 15743–15759, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-15743-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-15743-2020, 2020
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