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Comparing i-Tree Eco Estimates of Particulate Matter Deposition with Leaf and Canopy Measurements in an Urban Mediterranean Holm Oak Forest

Pace, Rocco ORCID iD icon; Guidolotti, Gabriele; Baldacchini, Chiara; Pallozzi, Emanuele; Grote, Rüdiger ORCID iD icon 1,2; Nowak, David J.; Calfapietra, Carlo
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Abstract (englisch):

Trees and urban forests remove particulate matter (PM) from the air through the deposition of particles on the leaf surface, thus helping to improve air quality and reduce respiratory problems in urban areas. Leaf deposited PM, in turn, is either resuspended back into the atmosphere, washed off during rain events or transported to the ground with litterfall. The net amount of PM removed depends on crown and leaf characteristics, air pollution concentration, and weather conditions, such as wind speed and precipitation. Many existing deposition models, such as i-Tree Eco, calculate PM2.5 removal using a uniform deposition velocity function and resuspension rate for all tree species, which vary based on leaf area and wind speed. However, model results are seldom validated with experimental data. In this study, we compared i-Tree Eco calculations of PM2.5 deposition with fluxes determined by eddy covariance assessments (canopy scale) and particulate matter accumulated on leaves derived from measurements of vacuum/filtration technique as well as scanning electron microscopy combined with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (leaf scale). These investigations were carried out at the Capodimonte Royal Forest in Naples. ... mehr

DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.0c07679
Zitationen: 34
Web of Science
Zitationen: 31
Zitationen: 37
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 05.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0013-936X, 1520-5851
KITopen-ID: 1000133344
HGF-Programm 12.11.11 (POF IV, LK 01) Urban Climate and Air Quality
Erschienen in Environmental science & technology
Verlag American Chemical Society (ACS)
Band 55
Heft 10
Seiten 6613–6622
Projektinformation GRACE (HGF, HGF IVF, VH-GS-304)
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 28.04.2021
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