Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 20, Issue 8, pp 5106–5113 | Cite as

Assessment of ozone variations and meteorological influences in a tourist and health resort area on the island of Mali Lošinj (Croatia)

  • Elvira Kovač-AndrićEmail author
  • Vlatka Gvozdić
  • Glenda Herjavić
  • Hasan Muharemović
Research Article


The purpose of this study was to investigate ozone, variations, and its correlation with meteorological parameters at a remote location on the Mali Lošinj Island, which has been a tourist and health resort area in the northern Adriatic. The measured data are discussed in relation to the EU guidelines (Directive 2002/3/EC; Directive 2008/50/EC). In order to characterize ambient air with respect to ozone vegetation injury and photochemical pollution, we calculated accumulated dose over a threshold of 40 parts per billion index and two photochemical pollution indicators. The influence of local meteorological parameters on the measured ozone volume fractions was also investigated. We used the multivariate technique principal component analysis to trace correlations between measured ozone concentration and meteorological parameters.


AOT40 index Frequency analysis Mali Lošinj Mediterranean Ozone PCA Photochemical pollution indicators Vegetation injury 



The authors acknowledge the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia for financial support, grant numbers 0098030 and 0982915-2947. We also thank the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service for providing us with the meteorological data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elvira Kovač-Andrić
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vlatka Gvozdić
    • 2
  • Glenda Herjavić
    • 3
  • Hasan Muharemović
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of J. J. StrossmayerOsijekCroatia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of J. J. StrossmayerOsijekCroatia
  3. 3.Institute “Ruđer Bošković”ZagrebCroatia

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