Released: 2009/03/24: See the report
Abstract: This report presents particulate matter (PM10) and ground‑level ozone concentration maps covering the whole of Europe. The interpolated maps are based on a combination of measurement and regional modelling results. Using measured concentrations as a primary source of information, the report summarizes the methodologies and the methodological choices taken in order to derive such maps.
The maps use monitoring data for 2005 as a basis, i.e. values reported by the EEA member countries in 2006 under the Exchange of Information Decision (EC, 1997). To estimate people's exposure to PM10 and ozone concentrations and possible health impacts, measurement data in denser populated areas have got a higher weight than those in less populated regions.
Additionally, the study considers the Word Health Organization human health indicator SOMO35 and the vegetation‑related indicator AOT40 for vegetation/crops or forests. Both metrics, the SOMO35 and the AOT40, are measures of the accumulated exposure of humans or vegetation to high ozone levels over a certain period.
Prepared by: European Environment Agency's European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change (ETC/ACC) coordinated by Peter de Smet. The authors are from CHMI Jan Horálek, Jaroslav Fiala and Pavel Kurfürst, from NILU Bruce Denby and from PBL Peter de Smet and Frank de Leeuw.
EEA project manager: Anke Lükewille
Publish date: 24 March 2009
Published by: (c) EEA (European Environment Agency)
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