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Mesoscale modelling of atmospheric processes over the western Mediterranean area during summer

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The EC's MECAPIP project served to identify some aspects of the summer atmospheric circulations and associated air pollution dynamics over the Iberian peninsula. The Regional Atmospheric Modelling System (RAMS) was applied to reproduce the mesoscale meteorological processes around the Iberian peninsula and its link with the synoptic circulation. In this paper, modelled results initialised with the ECMWF global analysis dataset of 25-27 July 1989 are presented. Simulated results showed that the model can reproduce well the main features observed during the experimental campaigns.

Keywords: coastal circulation, complex terrain, Mediterranean, mesoscale modelling, sea breezes, thermal lows, atmospheric dispersion models, air pollution, environmental pollution, regional atmospheric modelling

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