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Differences in the Spatial Distribution and Chemical Composition of PM10 between the United Kingdom and Poland

Werner, Malgorzata, Kryza, M. and Dore, A.J. (2014) Differences in the Spatial Distribution and Chemical Composition of PM10 between the United Kingdom and Poland. Environmental Modeling & Assessment, 19 (3). pp. 179-192. ISSN Print: 1420-2026 Online: 1573-2967

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Abstract

The Fine Resolution Atmospheric Multi-pollutant Exchange Model was used to calculate the spatial distribution and chemical composition of PM10 concentrations for two geographically remote countries in Europe – the United Kingdom (UK) and Poland – for the year 2007. These countries are diverse in terms of pollutant emissions as well as climate conditions. Information on the contribution of natural and anthropogenic as well as national and imported particles in total PM10 concentrations in both countries is presented. The paper shows that the modelled national annual average PM10 concentrations, calculated for the entire country area, is similar for the UK and Poland and close to 12 μg m-3. Secondary inorganic aerosols dominate the total PM10 concentrations in Poland. Primary particulate matter has the greatest contribution to total PM10 in the UK, with large contribution of base cations. Anthropogenic sources predominate (81%) in total PM10 concentrations in Poland, whereas natural prevail in the UK – hence, the future reduction of PM10 air concentrations by emissions reduction could be more difficult in the UK than in Poland.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: particulate matter, air concentration, chemical composition, UK, Poland
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Malgorzata Werner
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 10:07
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2016 15:10
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3485

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