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Journal of Earth System Science

, Volume 117, Issue 3, pp 227–236 | Cite as

On the impact of temperature on tropospheric ozone concentration levels in urban environments

  • E. Stathopoulou
  • G. Mihalakakou
  • M. Santamouris
  • H. S. BagiorgasEmail author
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Abstract

The influence of temperature on tropospheric ozone (O3) concentrations in urban and photochemically polluted areas in the greater Athens region are investigated in the present study. Hourly values of the ambient air temperature used for studying the urban heat island effect in Athens were recorded at twenty-three experimental stations while ozone concentration values were measured at three of the above-mentioned stations and for a period of two years (1996–1997). The linear correlation between ozone concentration and air temperature values as well as the temporal variation of temperature and ozone concentration, for the above-mentioned experimental stations, were calculated and analysed. Moreover, a neural network approach was used for investigating the impact of temperature on the ozone concentration values over the greater Athens area. The neural network model used ambient air temperature as one of its input parameters and it was found that temperature is a predominant parameter, affecting considerably the ozone concentration values.

Keywords

Tropospheric ozone urban environment neural network models 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Stathopoulou
    • 1
  • G. Mihalakakou
    • 2
  • M. Santamouris
    • 1
  • H. S. Bagiorgas
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Division of Applied Physics, Laboratory of MeteorologyUniversity of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Environmental and Natural Resources ManagementUniversity of IoanninaAgrinioGreece

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