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title Air quality over Portugal in 2020
authors Monteiro, A; Ferreira, J; Ribeiro, I; Fernandes, AP; Martins, H; Gama, C; Miranda, AI
author full name Monteiro, Alexandra; Ferreira, Joana; Ribeiro, Isabel; Fernandes, Ana Patricia; Martins, Helena; Gama, Carla; Miranda, Ana Isabel
title Air quality over Portugal in 2020
nationality internacional
language English
document type Article
author keywords Air pollutants; national emission ceilings; 2020 scenario; air quality modeling
abstract This works intends to evaluate the impacts of the national emission ceilings (NEC) reduction scenarios on the air quality in Portugal, verifying the fulfillment of the air quality thresholds for 2020. The air quality numerical modeling system WRF-EURAD was applied to this 2020 future scenario and results were compared to the present situation year 2012. This modeling system was already evaluated for Portugal domain in previous studies, by comparison with measured air quality data, and showed reasonable skills for all the pollutants. This system was applied over the Continental domain of Portugal, using nesting approach, with a horizontal resolution of 5x5 km(2), for both scenarios conditions (2012 and 2020) considering the respective emissions data and assuming the 2012 meteorological conditions. The results point towards an improvement of the air quality over Continental Portugal, in particular for particulate matter (in the urban areas of Lisbon and Porto) and SO2 (near specific industrial sources) but do not solve the non-compliance status regarding the O-3 threshold value for protection of human health. These results strengthen the importance of including the NEC emission scenarios in the air quality national strategy, but additional mitigation actions need to be designed, with focus on ozone and its precursors, at local and regional scale.
author address [Monteiro, Alexandra] Univ Aveiro, CESAM, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal; Univ Aveiro, Dept Environm & Planning, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal
reprint address Monteiro, A (reprint author), Univ Aveiro, CESAM, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal.
e-mail address alexandra.monteiro@ua.pt
funding agency and grant number Portuguese Agency for Environment; FCT [SFRH/BD/60370/2009, SFRH/BD/86307/2012, SFRH/BD/87468/2012, SFRH/BPD/63796/2009, SFRH/BPD/40620/2007, SFRH/BPD/6874/2009]; FEDER through the COMPETE Programme; FCT - Science and Technology Portuguese Foundation [PEst-C/MAR/LA0017/2013, PTDC/AAG-MAA/4077/2012, EXCL/AAG-MAA/0383/2012]
funding text The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Portuguese Agency for Environment, and also FCT for the Ph.D grants of I. Ribeiro (SFRH/BD/60370/2009), A. Fernandes (SFRH/BD/86307/2012) and C. Gama (SFRH/BD/87468/2012), and the post-doc grants of A. Monteiro (SFRH/BPD/63796/2009) and J. Ferreira (SFRH/BPD/40620/2007) and H. Martins (SFRH/BPD/6874/2009). The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support of FEDER through the COMPETE Programme and the national funds from FCT - Science and Technology Portuguese Foundation within project PEst-C/MAR/LA0017/2013 for the MAPLIA Project (PTDC/AAG-MAA/4077/2012) and CLICURB project (EXCL/AAG-MAA/0383/2012).
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cited reference count 36
publisher city BUCA
issn 1309-1042
29-character source abbreviation ATMOS POLLUT RES
iso source abbreviation Atmos. Pollut. Res.
publication date SEP
year published 2015
volume 6
issue 5
beginning page 788
ending page 796
digital object identifier (doi) 10.5094/APR.2015.087
page count 9
web of science category Environmental Sciences
subject category Environmental Sciences & Ecology
document delivery number CX9RE
unique article identifier WOS:000366042200007
link http://www.atmospolres.com/articles/Volume6/issue5/APR-15-087.pdf