Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Geochemistry of PM10 over Europe during the EMEP intensive measurement periods in summer 2012 and winter 2013

Andrés Alastuey 1 Xavier Querol 1 Wenche Aas 2 Franco Lucarelli 3 Noemí Pérez 1 Teresa Moreno 1 Fabrizia Cavalli 4 Hans Areskoug 5 Violeta Balan 6 Maria Catrambone 7 Darius Ceburnis 8 José C. Cerro 9 Sébastien Conil 10 Lusine Gevorgyan 11 C. Hueglin 12 Kornelia Imre 13 Jean-Luc Jaffrezo 14 Sarah Leeson 15 N. Mihalopoulos 16, 17 Marta Mitosinkova 18 Colin O’dowd 8 Jorge Pey 19 J.P. Putaud 6 Véronique Riffault 20 Anna Ripoll 1 Jean Sciare 21, 22, 23 Karine Sellegri 24 Gerald Spindler 25 K. E. Yttri 2
Abstract : The third intensive measurement period (IMP) organised by the European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP) under the UNECE CLTRAP took place in summer 2012 and winter 2013, with PM10 filter samples concurrently collected at 20 (16 EMEP) regional background sites across Europe for subsequent analysis of their mineral dust content. All samples were analysed by the same or a comparable methodology. Higher PM10 mineral dust loadings were observed at most sites in summer (0.5–10 µg m−3) compared to winter (0.2–2 µg m−3), with the most elevated concentrations in the southern- and easternmost countries, accounting for 20–40 % of PM10. Saharan dust outbreaks were responsible for the high summer dust loadings at western and central European sites, whereas regional or local sources explained the elevated concentrations observed at eastern sites. The eastern Mediterranean sites experienced elevated levels due to African dust outbreaks during both summer and winter. The mineral dust composition varied more in winter than in summer, with a higher relative contribution of anthropogenic dust during the former period. A relatively high contribution of K from non-mineral and non-sea-salt sources, such as biomass burning, was evident in winter at some of the central and eastern European sites. The spatial distribution of some components and metals reveals the influence of specific anthropogenic sources on a regional scale: shipping emissions (V, Ni, and SO42−) in the Mediterranean region, metallurgy (Cr, Ni, and Mn) in central and eastern Europe, high temperature processes (As, Pb, and SO42−) in eastern countries, and traffic (Cu) at sites affected by emissions from nearby cities.
Complete list of metadata

Cited literature [82 references]  Display  Hide  Download
Contributor : Bérénice Boeuf <>
Submitted on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 4:20:32 PM
Last modification on : Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 11:37:50 AM


Publication funded by an institution



Andrés Alastuey, Xavier Querol, Wenche Aas, Franco Lucarelli, Noemí Pérez, et al.. Geochemistry of PM10 over Europe during the EMEP intensive measurement periods in summer 2012 and winter 2013. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, European Geosciences Union, 2016, 16 (10), pp.6107-6129. ⟨10.5194/acp-16-6107-2016⟩. ⟨insu-01388217⟩



Record views


Files downloads