Spatial representativeness of air quality monitoring stations in Italy

TitleSpatial representativeness of air quality monitoring stations in Italy
Publication TypePresentazione a Congresso
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsPiersanti, Antonio, Righini Gaia, Russo Felicita, Cremona G., Vitali Lina, and Ciancarella Luisella
Conference NameProceedings of the 15th International Conference on Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes, HARMO 2013
PublisherEnvironmental Software and Modelling Group
KeywordsAir quality, Air quality modeling, Air quality monitoring, Air quality monitoring stations, Atmospheric movements, Concentration-time, FAIRMODE, Land use, Monitoring stations, Population exposure, Spatial representativeness
Abstract

Supporting the design of the Italian Network of Special Purpose Monitoring Stations, a comprehensive study on spatial representativeness of air quality monitoring sites is presented, to be used in model validation and population exposure studies. Different methodologies are being evaluated, in order to find out one or more fit-to-purpose approaches to spatial representativeness. In this work, we present preliminary results for 3 methods: one uses station measurements and land cover data, other two are based on air quality model simulations, using respectively emissions variability and concentration time series. Strengths and weaknesses of the methods are assessed and on-going developments are presented.

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