Impact of Saharan Dust on PM10 Concentrations in the FARM model
This study aims to improve the performance of the Flexible Air quality Regional Model FARM by including dust concentrations from a dust transport model (SKIRON) into Lateral Boundary Conditions (LBCs). A sensitivity test has been performed in order to assess the impact of SKIRON Saharan dust on PM10 modelled concentrations. A dust episode (25th–30th July 2005) has been simulated running FARM on a 20 × 20 km2 resolution domain over Italy. Preliminary results from three simulations: NDC (“no dust” case), DC (“dust” case) and DC1.3 (“dust multiplied by a factor 1.3” case) have been compared to PM10 ground measurements from the Italian Air Quality Network.
KeywordsAir quality Modeling Dust Scenarios Boundary conditions
This work is part of the MINNI project, funded by the Italian Ministry for Environment, Territory and Sea and carried out by ENEA and ARIANET Srl. A special thanks to G. Kallos and the Atmospheric Modeling and Weather Forecasting Group at the University of Athens for providing the SKIRON modelled data used in this work.
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