EGU General Assembly 2022
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Changes in Aerosols in an Urban Cold Climate During and Before the COVID-19 Outbreak

Samaneh Ashraf1, Francesco S.R. Pausata1, Sylvie Leroyer2, and Rodrigo Munoz-Alpizar3
Samaneh Ashraf et al.
  • 1University of Quebec in Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2Meteorological Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • 3Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Atmospheric aerosols are of significant importance in climate change and health research and are essential to consider in air quality and climate modeling. Quebec is the second-largest province in Canada by population and much of the population lives in urban areas. Limitation of public activities, public transportation as well as some suspended operations of educational institutions and many commercial establishments in Quebec while severe lockdown policy was implemented, had strong repercussions on the pollutant concentration level. By analyzing a combination of air pollutants observational data (e.g. CO, SO2, PM10, O3, and NO2), this study attempts to investigate the impact of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic on the pollution level of the local urban environment. Since meteorology can play an important role in air quality, the variation in diverse meteorological factors (e.g. temperature, humidity, wind, pressure, and sunlight) is evaluated as well. By separating long-term trends, seasonal signals, and meteorological contributions concerning climatology, this study estimates the relative contributions of human activities to changes in particulate concentrations. We herein discuss the implications of these results on air quality and climate modeling.

How to cite: Ashraf, S., Pausata, F. S. R., Leroyer, S., and Munoz-Alpizar, R.: Changes in Aerosols in an Urban Cold Climate During and Before the COVID-19 Outbreak, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-6642,, 2022.