Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 208, Issue 1–4, pp 243–257 | Cite as

Air Pollutant Transport Analysis Based on Hourly Winds in the City of La Plata and Surroundings, Argentina

  • Gustavo Enrique RattoEmail author
  • Fabián Videla
  • Ricardo Maronna
  • Alberto Flores
  • Fernando de Pablo Dávila


The city of La Plata and its surroundings are a very populated area, which has an important Industrial Pole and intense traffic activity but environmental studies have been rare so far. This article presents and discusses the importance of wind frequencies and velocities for the transport of air pollutants. The study emphasizes the importance of knowing wind patterns on an hourly basis that can be helpful for designing a monitoring network as well as for preventing exposure to pollutants. Correlation between monthly SO2 concentrations and wind frequencies and velocities are discussed for a particular set of directions NNW–NE that carry pollutants from industrial sources toward populated areas. As a result, averaged wind frequencies have been found to be very important for determining patterns influencing pollutants transport; the influence of averaged velocities has shown low variability (hourly and monthly). Hierarchical cluster analysis applied to wind roses provided a useful approach for analyzing and describing the general daily occurrence of winds.


Cluster analysis Hourly wind pattern La Plata SO2 Wind rose 



The authors are grateful to UTN—National Technological University (Regional Faculty at La Plata) for the equipment facilities and SO2 data supplied in this fieldwork. Our particular thanks to Dr. Jorge Reyna Almandos and Dr. Guillermo Berri for their contributions and to Dr. Gustavo Torchia and Lic. José Flores for their help with the revision of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gustavo Enrique Ratto
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Fabián Videla
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ricardo Maronna
    • 4
    • 3
  • Alberto Flores
    • 5
  • Fernando de Pablo Dávila
    • 6
  1. 1.CIOp (Centro de Investigaciones Opticas)La PlataArgentina
  2. 2.Facultad de IngenieríaUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  3. 3.CIC BA (Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas de la Pcia. de Buenos Aires)Buenos AiresArgentina
  4. 4.Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Departamento de MatemáticasUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  5. 5.Fac. de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Departamento de Ciencias de la Atmósfera y los OcéanosUniversidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina
  6. 6.Facultad de Ciencias, Dpto. Física General y de la AtmósferaUniversidad de SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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