Atmospheric particulate matter and ozone under heat-wave conditions: do they cause an increase of mortality in Croatia?

  • Ana Alebić-Juretić
  • Tomislav Cvitaš
  • Nenad Kezele
  • Leo Klasinc
  • Gordana Pehnec
  • Glenda Šorgo


In August 2003 Croatia experienced a heat-wave period during which elevated concentrations of particulate matter (PM10) and ozone in ambient air were measured. By applying the model of Stedman and Rooney et al., it was shown that a significant part of excess mortality during this period can be attributed to PM10 and ozone in ambient air.


Particulate matter Ozone Heat-wave Excess mortality Croatia 



Financial support from the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports is gratefully acknowledged. The authors are grateful to Mrs. Marija·Šabić, from the Municipal Bureau for Statistics of the City of Zagreb for data and discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Alebić-Juretić
    • 1
  • Tomislav Cvitaš
    • 2
  • Nenad Kezele
    • 2
  • Leo Klasinc
    • 2
  • Gordana Pehnec
    • 3
  • Glenda Šorgo
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Public HealthRijekaCroatia
  2. 2.Ruđer Bošković InstituteZagrebCroatia
  3. 3.Institute for Medical Research and Occupational HealthZagrebCroatia

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