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Title: Frequency analysis of air quality time series for traffic related pollutants
Author: Tchepel, O.
Borrego, C.
Keywords: pollutants
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Abstract: In the present work, annual time series of traffic related pollutants (CO and PM10) were considered for frequency analysis (Fourier series) with the aim to understand the underlying physical processes and the influence of emission sources on the variability of the air pollutant concentrations. Several urban traffic and suburban background air quality stations located in Porto metropolitan area (Portugal) were analysed. The results obtained for CO and PM10 reveal the important contributions of short-term fluctuations (12 h and 24 h periods). However, the spectrum signals at low frequencies are significantly different between these pollutants thus stressing that temporal variations of CO and PM10 are influenced by different processes. Cross-spectrum analysis of the air quality time series against wind measurements and traffic counts allowed us to identify the contribution of long-range transport over a period of about 21 days to the PM10 fluctuations. Also, a correlation of over 80% between the pollution levels in the vicinity of traffic sources and suburban background levels are found for these harmonic components in the PM10 spectrum, while correlations for CO is below a significant level. Thus, the spectrum and cross-spectrum analysis performed in this study reveal the distinct influence of local traffic emissions and long-range transport to CO and PM10 fluctuations in the polluted urban area. The methodology shows to be a powerful tool for the analysis of the causes of air pollution.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1039/B913797A
ISSN: 1464-0325
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