Title: Modelling street level PM10 concentrations across Europe: source apportionment and possible futures
Citation: ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS vol. 15 no. 3 p. 1539-1553
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC89475
ISSN: 1680-7316
URI: www.atmos-chem-phys.net/15/1539/2015/
DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-1539-2015
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Despite increasing emission controls, particulate matter (PM) has remained a critical issue for European air quality in recent years. The various sources of PM, both from primary particulate emissions as well as secondary formation from precursor gases, make this a complex issue to tackle. In order to allow for credible predictions of future concentrations under policy assumptions, a modelling approach is needed that considers all chemical processes and spatial dimensions involved, from hemispheric background to local street canyons. Here we describe a modelling scheme which has been implemented in the GAINS integrated assessment model to assess compliance with PM10 limit values at individual air quality monitoring stations. The modelling approach relies on a combination of bottom up modelling of emissions, simplified atmospheric chemistry and dispersion calculations, and a traffic increment calculation wherever applicable. At each monitoring station fulfilling a few data coverage criteria, measured concentrations in the base year 2009 are explained to the extent possible and then modelled for the past and future. More than 1850 monitoring stations are covered, including more than 300 traffic stations and 80 % of the stations which violated the limit values in 2009. As a validation, we compare modelled trends in the period 2000–2008 to observations, which are well reproduced. The station modelling scheme is applied here to quantify explicitly source contributions to ambient concentrations at a subset of monitoring stations, and we undertake an outlook on the predicted evolution of PM10 concentrations until 2030 under different policy scenarios. Significant improvements in ambient PM10 concentrations are expected already under the assumption of successful implementation of already agreed legislation; however, these will not be large enough to ensure attainment of PM10 standards in hot spot locations such as Southern Poland and major European cities. Remaining issues are largely eliminated in a scenario applying to the maximal technically feasible extent the best available emission control technologies.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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