Released: 2011/04/26: See the report
This paper provides an update of the European air quality concentrations of selected pollutants, their exceedance probability and population exposure estimates for another consecutive year, 2008. The analysis is based on interpolation of annual statistics of the 2008 observational data reported by EEA Member countries in 2009 and stored in AirBase. The paper presents the mapping results and includes an uncertainty analysis of the interpolated maps, building upon the latest methodological developments.
These maps, with their spatial exceedance and exposure estimates are intended to be used for the assessment of European air quality by the EEA and its ETC/ACC, and for (interactive visual) public information purposes through the EEA website.
The two main pollutants of interest, PM10 and ozone, have been considered as relevant for an annual update and are dealt with in this paper.
Prepared by: ETC/ACC members Peter de Smet1, Jan Horálek2, Markéta Coňková2, Pavel Kurfürst2, Frank de Leeuw1, Bruce Denby3
1Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL; from 1-1-2011 RIVM), Bilthoven, Netherlands; 2Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI), Praha, Czech Republic;3Norwegian Institute of Air Research (NILU), Oslo, Norway
Published by: ETC/ACC (now ETC/ACM), April 2011, 55 pp.