Object of this study is the versatility of a remote-sensing measurement system through experimental survey of the levels of primary and secondary pollutants in urban areas. For the first time a long-range measurement of different pollutant for a long period are reported in the urban area of Rome. Over 10 years of data collection, levels of NO2, O3, SO2, benzene and toluene are measured and discussed by means of a differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) system installed at ground level. The period is interesting because it represents one of the most important life-changes in Europe and in Italy: in fact, during the 1990s some significant decrees introduced the catalytic pots and limited the amount of benzene and sulfur dioxide in the fuel. The paper will describe how the main primary and secondary pollutants are changed during all the period: particularly, benzene and SO2 are not over a big social problem for the human health whereas the secondary pollutants, ozone and nitrogen dioxide, have the same trends during the period, meaning a no contribution to their evolution from the atmospheric processes. The DOAS technique is resulted very useful and versatile: comparisons with other traditional analyzers (i.e., GC-PID for benzene and toluene investigations) demonstrate how it allows to have information over all the territory saving the qualitative trends and giving a similar quantitative result. In this respect the authors show that the difference is due to the different sampling ways (the traditional analyzers are punctual whereas the DOAS is a remote-sensing technique covering a wide area) and does not influence the atmospheric process interpretation. Finally, it should be considered that the pollutant trends have been interpreted using the concentration measurements of natural radioactivity as tracer of the dynamic properties of the atmospheric boundary layer.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.01.024|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000257498700010|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-43849084568|
|Titolo:||Ten-year measurements of gaseous pollutants in urban air by an open-path analyzer|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|