15-Year Analysis of Surface Ozone Pollution in the Context of Hot Spells Episodes over Poland

Joanna Strużewska , Maciej Krystian Jefimow


Analysis of summertime temperature characteristics and ozone exposure indexes were carried out for eight locations in Poland for a 15-year period (1997-2011). The number of days with the maximum temperature exceeding 25°C and 30°C was calculated for each year. The analysis covered the 8-hour running average and daily maximum of near surface ozone concentrations. Also, the accumulated exposure when ozone concentrations were above 120 μg/m3 (AOT60) was calculated as a diagnostic indicator of adverse health effects for each year. Although high ozone concentrations are associated with hot temperatures, the exposure to values higher than 120 μg /m3 is correlated with the length of the hot weather period rather than with the occurrence of days with extremely high temperatures. In most cases the elevated ozone concentrations occurred during days when the maximum temperature was higher than 24°C. Episodes of very high ozone concentrations, exceeding 180 μg /m3, were not associated with heat wave periods at analysed locations.
Author Joanna Strużewska KOKŚ
Joanna Strużewska,,
- Chair of Environmental Protection
, Maciej Krystian Jefimow KOKŚ
Maciej Krystian Jefimow,,
- Chair of Environmental Protection
Journal seriesActa Geophysica, ISSN 1895-6572
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets1.35
Keywords in Englishhot spells; heat waves; ozone pollution; ozone exposure; ozone episodes
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
ScoreMinisterial score [Punktacja MNiSW] = 20.0, 28-11-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) [Punktacja MNiSW (2013-2016)] = 20.0, 28-11-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor [Impact Factor WoS]: 2016 = 0.968 (2) - 2016=1.27 (5)
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