The Coastal Boundary Layer and Air Pollution - A High Temporal Resolution Analysis in the East Mediterranean Coast
Leenes Uzan*, 1, Pinhas Alpert2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2012
First Page: 9
Last Page: 18
Publisher Id: TOASCJ-6-9
Article History:Received Date: 25/10/2011
Revision Received Date: 17/11/2011
Acceptance Date: 18/11/2011
Electronic publication date: 19/1/2012
Collection year: 2012
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The East Mediterranean (EM) coast is characterized by warm sea temperatures and a nearly linear coastline. Both parameters influence the sea breeze front and the atmospheric conditions most relevant to air pollution dispersion. Here, the high resolution boundary-layer diurnal variation is highlighted leading to a distinct pattern of spatial-temporal air pollution dispersion, for over 25 years, from Israel's largest coal-fired power plant. Over 4,000 air pollution events were segregated by semi-objective synoptic systems and 7 years of boundary layer profiles carried out by acoustic radar. Results clarify why the highest air pollution events occur during summer at 12:00- 15:00 h through the average coincident drop of the boundary layer height down to 450 m above the ground. Here, the interaction between the synoptics and the sea-breezes is shown to play a significant role in the specific air pollution pattern.