Smith, Matthew and Emberlin, Jean and Stach, Alicja and Rantio-Lehtimäki, A and Caulton, Eric and Thibaudon, M. and Sindt, Charlotte and Jaeger, S and Gehrig, R and Frenguelli, Giuseppe and Jato, Victoria and Rodríguez Rajo, F. Javier and Alcázar, Purificación and Galan, Carmen (2009) Influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation on Grass Pollen Counts in Europe. Aerobiologia, 25 (4). pp. 321-332. ISSN 0393-5965 (Print) 1573-3025 (Online)
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Relationships between temporal variations in the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and grass pollen counts at 13 sites in Europe, ranging from Córdoba in the South-West and Turku in the North-East, were studied in order to determine spatial differences in the amount of influence exerted by the NAO on the timing and magnitude of grass pollen seasons. There were a number of significant (p<0.05) relationships between the NAO and start dates of the grass pollen season at the 13 pollen-monitoring sites. The strongest associations were generally recorded near to the Atlantic coast. Several significant correlations also existed between winter averages of the NAO and grass pollen season severity. Traditional methods for predicting the start or magnitude of grass pollen seasons have centred on the use of local meteorological observations, but this study has shown the importance of considering large-scale patterns of climate variability like the NAO.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||North Atlantic Oscillation, grass pollen, cluster analysis, phenology, aerobiology, latitude|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences|
|Divisions:||Research Centres > National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit|
|Deposited By:||Matthew Smith|
|Deposited On:||05 Nov 2009 15:46|
|Last Modified:||21 May 2013 16:57|
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