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This report forms part of the work of the COST 715 action "Meteorology applied to Urban Air Pollution Problems" (1998-2003). It is an interim report produced within the above-mentioned action by Working Group 3 "Meteorology during peak pollution episodes".

The main objective of this status report is to compile and present a review of available information concerning peak pollution episodes, by the official participants of this Working Group and other interested contributors. However, the report does not attempt to provide a complete description of European research and methods in this area, nor to present an evaluation or critique of the different methods and their potential accuracy. It is the long-term objective of the COST 715 action to draw such conclusions.

The report contains the status reports of 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and Macau. The status reports survey the national situation in each country, containing the following information: introduction, main objectives, description of available meteorological and concentration data, available models describing air pollution and numerical weather prediction, other related projects, funding situation, expected benefits and policy relevance, conclusions, references and relevant www pages.

This report is also available on the www pages of the COST 715 action ( and ).

Further contributions from other countries, as well as other updates, will be continuously included in subsequent www versions of the

Additional information

Authors: KUKKONEN J (EDITOR), Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki (FI)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19448 EN (2001), pp.73. Euro: 11.50
Availability: Available from EUR-OP sales agents. URL:
ISBN: ISBN:92-894-1430-8
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