Relationship Between 4-Day Air Mass Back Trajectories and Metallic Components in PM10 and PM2.5 Particle Fractions in Zagreb Air, Croatia

  • I. BešlićEmail author
  • K. Šega
  • M. Čačković
  • Z. Bencetić Klaić
  • A. Bajić


This paper presents a study on the relationship between trace metal concentrations and the state of the atmosphere at the Croatian EMEP station Puntijarka, Zagreb. PM10 and PM2.5 particle fractions are hazardous in terms of morbidity and hospitalization due to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and in terms of total mortality. In Zagreb, PM10 and PM2.5 monitoring started on a daily basis at a sampling site located in the northern, residential part of the city. Trace metal concentrations were determined from daily samples. Air mass back trajectories were used to determine particulate air pollution from local and remote sources. The investigation has shown a statistically significant association between air mass back trajectories and metallic air concentration levels.


Lead Manganese Cadmium Particle pollution sources 



This study was supported by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia, project grants no. 022-0222882-2271, 119-1193086-1323 and 004-1193086-3036.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Bešlić
    • 1
    Email author
  • K. Šega
    • 1
  • M. Čačković
    • 1
  • Z. Bencetić Klaić
    • 2
  • A. Bajić
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Medical Research and Occupational HealthEnvironmental Hygiene UnitZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Andrija Mohorovičić Geophysical Institute, Department of Geophysics, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  3. 3.Meteorological and Hydrological ServiceZagrebCroatia

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