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Papanastasiou et al. 2010

Papanastasiou, D.K., A. Poupkou, E. Katragkou, V. Amiridis, D. Melas, N. Mihalopoulos, S. Basart, C. Pérez, and J.M. Baldasano, 2010: An assessment of the efficiency of dust regional modelling to predict Saharan dust transport episodes. Adv. Meteorol., 2010, 154368, doi:10.1155/2010/154368.

Aerosol levels at Mediterranean Basin are significantly affected by desert dust that is eroded in North Africa and is transported northwards. This study aims to assess the performance of the Dust REgional Atmospheric Model (BSC-DREAM8b) in the prediction of dust outbreaks near the surface in Eastern Mediterranean. For this purpose, model PM10 predictions covering a 7-year period and PM10 observations at five surface monitoring sites in Greece are used. A quantitative criterion is set to select the significant dust outbreaks defined as those when the predicted PM10 surface concentration exceeds 12 µg/m3. The analysis reveals that significant dust transport is usually observed for 1-3 consecutive days. Dust outbreak seasons are spring and summer, while some events are also forecasted in autumn. The seasonal variability of dust transport events is different at Finokalia, where the majority of events are observed in spring and winter. Dust contributes by 19-25% to the near surface observed PM10 levels, which can be increased to more than 50 µg/m3 during dust outbreaks, inducing violations of the air quality standards. Dust regional modeling can be regarded as a useful tool for air quality managers when assessing compliance with air quality limit values.

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@article{pa09300d,
  author={Papanastasiou, D. K. and Poupkou, A. and Katragkou, E. and Amiridis, V. and Melas, D. and Mihalopoulos, N. and Basart, S. and Pérez, C. and Baldasano, J. M.},
  title={An assessment of the efficiency of dust regional modelling to predict Saharan dust transport episodes},
  year={2010},
  journal={Adv. Meteorol.},
  volume={2010},
  pages={154368},
  doi={10.1155/2010/154368},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - pa09300d
AU  - Papanastasiou, D. K.
AU  - Poupkou, A.
AU  - Katragkou, E.
AU  - Amiridis, V.
AU  - Melas, D.
AU  - Mihalopoulos, N.
AU  - Basart, S.
AU  - Pérez, C.
AU  - Baldasano, J. M.
PY  - 2010
TI  - An assessment of the efficiency of dust regional modelling to predict Saharan dust transport episodes
JA  - Adv. Meteorol.
VL  - 2010
SP  - 154368
DO  - 10.1155/2010/154368
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