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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 284213, 20 pages
Review Article

Applications of Air Mass Trajectories

1Department of Applied Physics, University of Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
2Diagnostics and Metrology Laboratory, ENEA, Frascati, 00044 Rome, Italy
3School of Social, Development and Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
4School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067, India

Received 13 July 2014; Accepted 18 December 2014

Academic Editor: Hiroyuki Hashiguchi

Copyright © 2015 Isidro A. Pérez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Air trajectory calculations are commonly found in a variety of atmospheric analyses. However, most of reported research usually focuses upon the transport of pollutants via trajectory routes and not on the trajectory itself. This paper explores the major areas of research in which air trajectory analyses are applied with an effort to gain deeper insights into the key points which highlight the necessity of such analyses. Ranging from meteorological applications to their links with living beings, air trajectory calculations become important tool especially when alternative procedures do not seem possible. This review covers the reports published during last few years illustrating the geographical distribution of trajectory applications and highlighting the regions where trajectory application research proves most active and useful. As a result, relatively unexplored areas such as microorganism transport are also included, suggesting the possible ways in which successful use of air trajectory research should be extended.