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Meteorological Adjustment of Air Quality

Spatial/Temporal Modeling and Analysis

  1. Mary Lou Thompson

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vam018

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Thompson, M. L. 2006. Meteorological Adjustment of Air Quality. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 3.

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  1. University of Washington, WA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Poor air quality impacts adversely on the health of humans and ecosystems. Air pollutants result both from natural sources and from human activity. Oxides of carbon, nitrogen and sulfur are, for instance, products of combustion activity, such as that generated by motor vehicles. Other secondary pollutants such as ozone result from reactions in the atmosphere between primary pollutants and other chemicals known as precursors. The dispersion of airborne pollutants and the reactions among them are influenced by meteorological conditions. This article describes some of the existing approaches to meteorological adjustment of air quality, i.e. the modeling of (some aspect of) air quality that takes account of (adjusts for) meteorological conditions. In doing so, this article will also highlight challenges that exist and raise issues that need further attention.