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On the spatial representativeness of NOX and PM10 monitoring-sites in Paris, France

Delphy Rodriguez 1 Myrto Valari 2 Sébastien Payen 1 Laurence Eymard 1
LATMOS - Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales
Résumé : Ambient pollutant concentrations in Paris, France are routinely measured by the local surface-monitor network of the AIRPARIF agency. Such networks, however dense, have a limited spatial representativeness around the monitoring-site and are not capable to represent the strong horizontal gradients of pollutant concentrations over urban areas. High resolution models simulate 3D pollutant concentration fields at a spatial resolution as fine as a few meters over the urban area by integrating the underlying emission sources and accounting for the effect of buildings on the dispersion patterns. These models, provide a good spatial variability over the urban area but suffer from uncertainties related to the emission inventories, meteorological fields and parametrizations of the physical and chemical processes. In this paper, simulations conducted by ARIA Technologies with the Parallel Micro-Swift-Spray (PMSS) model ( are used to assess NOX and PM10 representativeness areas around five urban background and five traffic-oriented monitoring-sites of the AIRPARIF network during ten days in March 2016. Commonly, the spatial representativeness of a monitor site is defined through homogeneity areas, namely the area around a monitoring-site where pollutant concentration is above 20% of the concentration at the location of the monitoring-site. Here, we propose a novel approach that uses similarity areas to define the spatial representation of monitor sites. Similarity areas integrate points that respect the additional condition to be highly correlated in time with the concentration at the monitor station. Thus, the criterion to select similarity areas is a combination of a high value of the correlation coefficient and a small value of the normalized root mean square error with regards to the concentration at the grid-cell corresponding to the location of the monitor. Criteria thresholds are determined through an iterative analysis and a representative area is defined through image processing that selects all the connected pixels that satisfy criteria thresholds and incorporate the grid-cell of the monitor. Daily similarity areas estimated around each monitor are compared against homogeneity areas with regards to their shape, spatial extent, and urban specific characterization. Around urban background sites they are of the same order of magnitude, whereas around traffic sites similarity areas are generally larger than homogeneity areas. PM10 representativeness areas are found to be 2.2 times larger than the NOX ones. Urban background areas are representative of the broad neighborhood around the monitoring-site, whereas traffic-oriented monitoring-sites are representative of specific urban features such as sections of roads and sidewalks along the road. Averaged over the 10 days of the study and across all monitoring-sites, representativeness areas for urban background monitoring-sites are about 8 times larger than traffic representativeness areas (0.6 km2 vs. 0.07 km2).
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Delphy Rodriguez, Myrto Valari, Sébastien Payen, Laurence Eymard. On the spatial representativeness of NOX and PM10 monitoring-sites in Paris, France. Atmospheric Environment, Elsevier, 2019, 1, pp.100010. ⟨10.1016/j.aeaoa.2019.100010⟩. ⟨insu-01991752⟩



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