Air stress and air quality indices

Helmut Mayer, László Makra, Fritz Kalberlah, Dieter Ahrens, Ulrich Reuter

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Against the background of the growing demand for indices suited to assess the integral air quality that is not restricted to a single air pollutant, formulations for statistical air stress indices and an impact-related air quality index (DAQx) are presented. Their sensitivity depending on emission and air mass exchange conditions is investigated by test calculations based on air pollution data from three different sites in southwest Germany characterised by different air pollution levels and one site (Szeged) in southern Hungary with a comparatively high air pollution level. The results can be explained by methodical characteristics of the indices and the local emission situation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-403
Number of pages9
JournalMeteorologische Zeitschrift
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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