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TheScientificWorldJOURNAL
Volume 6 (2006), Pages 1041-1047
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2006.208
Short Communication

Atmospheric Transport Towards the Iberian Peninsula in the 3- to 10-Day Range

1Universidad de Vigo, Facultad de Ciencias de Ourense, 32004, Ourense, Spain
2CGUL Departamento de Fisica, Faculdade de Ciencias, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

Received 29 June 2006; Revised 8 July 2006; Accepted 18 August 2006

Academic Editor: Peter Brimblecombe

Copyright © 2006 Raquel Nieto and Luis Gimeno.

Abstract

An advanced Lagrangian atmospheric transport model (FLEXTRAP) was used to identify the possible sources of middle-lived pollutants over the Iberian Peninsula. A period of 4 years, 2000—2003, was analyzed. Transatlantic transport is the main pathway of the air reaching the Iberian Peninsula in the studied range of 3—10 days; local sources are limited to 3 days of transport. The presence of North America as a source from days 6—10 of transport identifies this region as the main potential contributor to the middle-lived pollutants over the Iberian Peninsula.