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La pollution par l'ozone et la climatologie dans un espace méditerranéen : les Alpes-Maritimes

Abstract : The tropospheric ozone, secondary pollutant affecting the health of the human beings, concerns particularly the department of the Alpes-Maritimes during the photochemical season. Mountainous littoral space, this territory is widely dominated during summer notably by anticyclonic conditions allowing the thermal breezes to express themselves. This regime of wind is in the center of the problem of the ozone pollution because it pulls frequently an accumulation of primary and secondary pollutants in the course of days within the same air mass. Although being a weakly industrialized department, the Alpes-Maritimes are victims of a strong period of sunshine which allows primary pollutants emitted mainly by the road traffic to produce some ozone.
Through the data of pollution stemming from the network of surveillance of the air quality AtmoPACA as well as from very numerous measures of ground, the objective is to understand better the relations between the spatial and temporal variability of the ozone and that of the weather conditions to various scales. Having detailed the history of the available ozone and nitrogen dioxide measures in the department, the first approach in macro-scale is led between the NCEP reanalysis and the ozone pollution levels in nine measures stations of the Alpes-Maritimes. This first level of analysis allows defining the general meteorological configurations characterizing an episode of pollution by the ozone. The presence of an anticyclonic ridge on the Western Europe associated with weak speeds of wind, weak rates of relative humidity and a weak relative vorticity, provoke a degradation of the air quality in the department.
A second analysis level is then approached: it is a question of clarifying in meso-scale and in micro-scale the weather conditions convenient to strong ozone concentrations. For it, itinerant ozone measures campaigns are made in the whole of the department; an important data base is established on Nice and in its surroundings. The appeal to the meteorological model RAMS allows then to understand better the spatial and temporal ozone variability led by the local climatic conditions. The meteorological variables the most correlated to the ozone concentrations are the wind speed, the turbulent kinetic energy, the planetary boundary layer height and the relative humidity. Everything indicates that less the volume of air in which primary pollutants are emitted is important, and less the air admixture intensity is strong, then more the ozone concentrations are raised. It would also seem that this local weather conditions have more influence on the ozone pollution levels than the macro-scale weather configurations. Although being necessary, presence of the anticyclone on the Western Europe is not sufficient to explain local ozone behaviour in the Alpes-Maritimes.
At the same time as these various approaches, the spatial previous history of the photochemical pollution affecting this mountainous littoral space are looked for. The advection of important ozone quantities by the sea breeze during day, indicates that this pollutant accumulates above the sea; except the phenomenon of round trip of the air mass guided by the alternation between the sea breeze and the land breeze, the origin of the strong ozone concentrations above the sea is not clearly included. It would seem that a plan of recirculation of the air masses in three dimensions allows the creation of a pile of layers stratified on the sea.
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Nicolas Martin. La pollution par l'ozone et la climatologie dans un espace méditerranéen : les Alpes-Maritimes. Géographie. Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, 2008. Français. ⟨tel-00358297⟩



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