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Mesoscale transport of air pollutants over Athens: implications for air quality

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Air pollutants released from sources located near and around extensive conurbations such as the Athens Metropolitan Area, can be transported over them under various atmospheric conditions. Some of the industrial sources located to the north-east of Athens are directly responsible for the transport and dispersion of a large number of pollutants. In this paper the result of a number of simulations using an atmospheric and a Lagrangian particle dispersion model for the north-easterly wind-flow case is presented. These simulations strongly indicate that pollutants are transported from Central Evia to the Athens area under certain conditions.

Keywords: air quality, Athens, mesoscale transport, plume behaviour, air pollution, environmental pollution, Greece, simulation, particle dispersion models, modelling

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