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Aspects of the occurrence of persistent surface inversions over Athens basin, Greece


In this study the climatology and the effects of persistent nocturnal surface temperature inversions and their relationship to the meteorological processes are discussed. Emphasis is given to the importance of the relevant synoptic situations, the sea-breeze, the stability and the temperature characteristics. The application of some inversions characteristics to local pollution potential is also examined. The results show that many aspects of Athens air quality reflect the pronounced effect of persistent inversions, e.g. the frequency of pollution episodes, the accumulation of pollutants etc.


Vorliegende Studie beschäftigt sich mit der Klimatologie und den Auswirkungen von andauernden nächtlichen Temperaturinversionen in Bodennähe sowie deren Zusammenhang mit meteorologischen Prozessen. Besonderes Augenmerk ist dabei den relevanten synoptischen Bedingungen — der Seebrise, der Stabilität und den Temperaturcharakteristika — gewidmet. Auch die Auswirkungen von manchen Inversionseigenschaften auf das Potential zu örtlicher Luftverschmutzung werden untersucht. Die Ergebnisse zeigen, daß in wesentlichen Aspekten die Luftqualität über Athen die Auswirkungen persistenter Inversionen widerspiegelt, so zum Beispiel in Häufigkeit und Intensität von Luftverschmutzungen.

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Katsoulis, B.D. Aspects of the occurrence of persistent surface inversions over Athens basin, Greece. Theor Appl Climatol 39, 98–107 (1988).

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  • Waste Water
  • Pronounced Effect
  • Temperature Inversion
  • Pollution Potential
  • Local Pollution