Sources of urban air pollution in Macedonia – behind high pollution episodes

Mirakovski, Dejan and Hadzi-Nikolova, Marija and Boev, Ivan and Sijakova-Ivanova, Tena and Zendelska, Afrodita and Doneva, Nikolinka (2018) Sources of urban air pollution in Macedonia – behind high pollution episodes. In: International Scientific Confrerence GREDIT 2018 – Green Development, Geeen Infrastructure, Green Technology, 22-25 March 2018, Skopje, Macedonia.

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High air pollution episodes during the winter season throughout urban areas in Macedonia become primary public health concern and topic for wide public discussion. However, although this topic is marked as one of most important pollution topics, volume of scientific data published on air pollution sources and pollution profiles is quite low, especially having in mind dynamic changes in source profiles and pollution patterns over the last years. Few recent studies indicate domestic heating, traffic and industry as dominant sources (listed in order of importance), but no clear conclusion about dominant sources of high pollution episodes is drawn. Lack of this data clearly limit possibilities for proper response and development of efficient control/reduction measures during such episodes.
The paper summarizes latest publicly available data, as much as the finding from the studies and combine them in order to point dominant sources and pollution patterns during the high pollution episodes. This work also include pollution patterns collected from AMBICON.UGD monitoring network in several urban areas in Central and Eastern Macedonia, as much as chemical profiles of ambient particulates, all in attempt to fill the data gaps and indicate dominant pollution sources.

Key words: air pollution, particulate matters, high pollution episodes, pollution patterns, chemical profiles.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Engineering and Technology > Environmental engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Natural and Technical Sciences
Depositing User: Marija Hadzi-Nikolova
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 09:15
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2018 09:15

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