Special Issue "European Extreme Climate Events and Air Quality"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ana Russo
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Guest Editor
Instituto Dom Luiz, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, Edifício C1, Piso 1, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: Extreme events; Environmental Applications; Air Quality; Wildfires; Circulation Weather Types; Climatology
Dr. Célia Gouveia
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Co-Guest Editor
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, Edf. C8, Piso 3, Sala 8.3.03, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: Climate variability and extremes; Droughts; Heatwaves; Vegetation dynamics; Remote Sensing; Wildfires
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Atmosphere dedicates this Special Issue to the influence of extreme weather events on air quality.

In recent decades, air pollution has become a major environmental risk to human health, with great risk for children, older adults, and people with heart and lung diseases. Many European cities experience air pollution episodes regularly. The occurrence of air pollution episodes is often related to either high emissions of air pollutants or poor dispersion conditions or to a combination of both, resulting from either local-scale conditions or regional-scale transport. Thus, meteorological conditions on various spatial and temporal scales have been reported to strongly affect air quality.

Extreme climate events, such as heat waves and droughts, have been reported in several studies to have consistently shown a synergistic effect on air pollution. Nonetheless, the potential weather–air pollution interaction during wildfires and dust storms is still poorly explored. Extreme events are also changing in terms of duration, frequency, and spatial extent in response to climate change with potential impacts on future air quality. Therefore, understanding the impact of extreme climate events on air quality in a changing climate becomes crucial.

Original results and review papers related to the analysis of the synergistic effect between air pollution and extreme weather events are therefore welcome. Authors are encouraged to analyze the underlying mechanisms associated with the occurrence of the weather extremes’ interactions with air quality with the purpose of establishing linkages between local- to synoptic-scale patterns and air pollution, from both anthropogenic (traffic, industry, etc.) and natural (fires, dust storms) sources. Considering climate change, studies showing the health co-benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and urban air pollution are of particular interest for this Special Issue. This Special Issue is also an appropriate venue for papers that deal with the emerging field of compound events.

This Special Issue intends to be a useful and valuable snapshot of the overarching field for practitioners and a means of stimulating multidisciplinary collaborations. Therefore, storyline approaches, which examine the role of the various factors contributing to an event as it unfolds, are also encouraged.

Dr. Ana Russo
Dr. Célia Gouveia
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Extreme weather events
  • Pollution
  • Air quality
  • Circulation-to-environment approach
  • Compound events
  • Ozone
  • PM10 and PM2.5
  • Ultrafine particles
  • Fires
  • Intrusions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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