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 High ozone levels in the northeast of Portugal: analysis and characterization
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title: High ozone levels in the northeast of Portugal: analysis and characterization
authors: Carvalho, A.
Monteiro, A.
Ribeiro, I.
Tchepel, O.
Miranda, A. I.
Borrego, C.
Saavedra, S.
Souto, J. A.
Casares, J. J.
keywords: High-ozone episodes
Long-range transport
Synoptic patterns anomalies
Spectral analysis
Back trajectories analysis
issue date: 2010
publisher: Elsevier
abstract: Each summer period extremely high ozone levels are registered at the rural background station of Lamas d'Olo, located in the Northeast of Portugal. In average, 30% of the total alert threshold registered in Portugal is detected at this site. The main purpose of this study is to characterize the atmospheric conditions that lead to the ozone-rich episodes at this site. Synoptic patterns anomalies and back trajectories cluster analysis were performed, for the period between 2004 and 2007, considering 76 days when ozone maximum hourly concentrations were above 200 μg m−3. The obtained atmospheric anomaly fields suggested that a positive temperature anomaly is visible above the Iberian Peninsula. A strong wind flow pattern from NE is observable in the North of Portugal and Galicia, in Spain. These two features may lead to an enhancement of the photochemical production and to the transport of pollutants from Spain to Portugal. In addition, the 3D mean back trajectories associated to the ozone episode days were analysed. A clustering method has been applied to the obtained back trajectories. Four main clusters of ozone-rich episodes were identified, with different frequencies of occurrence: north-westerly flows (11%); north-easterly flows (45%), southern flow (4%) and westerly flows (40%). Both analyses highlight the NE flow as a dominant pattern over the North of Portugal during summer. The analysis of the ozone concentrations for each selected cluster indicates that this northeast circulation pattern, together with the southern flow, are responsible for the highest ozone peak episodes. This also suggests that long-range transport of atmospheric pollutants is the main contributor to the ozone levels registered at Lamas d'Olo. This is also highlighted by the correlation of the ozone time-series with the meteorological parameters analysed in the frequency domain.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10773/8501
ISSN: 1352-2310
publisher version/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.12.020
source: Atmospheric Environment
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