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This report synthesizes data on aerosol (= Particulate Matter, PM) physical and chemical characteristics, which were obtained in European aerosol research activities at free troposphere, natural, rural, near-city, urban, and kerbside sites over the past decade. It covers only two (nearby) sites in the semi-arid Mediterranean area, and lacks data from Eastern Europe. The data include PM10 and/or PM2.5 mass concentrations, aerosol particle size distributions, PM10 and/or PM2.5 chemical composition and size segregated chemical composition. Such data sets are more comprehensive than those currently provided by air quality monitoring networks (e.g. EMEP, EUROAIRNET), and are essential to elucidate the sources of the aerosols, their effect on human health, their role in the radiation balance of the atmosphere, and to validate atmospheric models. Data available from 34 sites in Europe (called ''The Network'') were reviewed. They were processed and plotted to allow comparisons in spite of differences in the sampling and analytical techniques used in various studies.

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Authors: PUTAUD J-P ET AL (EDITORS), European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment & Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20411 EN (2003), 57 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39-033278-9843 or +39-033278-9864 Fax: +39-033278-9623 E-mail:
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