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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic related to lockdown measures on tropospheric NO2 columns over Île-de-France

Andrea Pazmino
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Florence Goutail
Ariane Bazureau
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Alain Hauchecorne
Sophie Godin-Beekmann


The evolution of NO2 , considered as proxy for air pollution, was analyzed to evaluate the impact of 1 st lockdown 10 (March 17 th-May 10 th 2020) over île-de-France region (Paris and surroundings). Tropospheric NO2 columns measured by two UV-Visible SAOZ spectrometers were analyzed to compare the evolution of NO 2 between urban and suburban sites during the lockdown. The urban site is the observation platform QUALAIR (48°50'N/2°21'E) on the Pierre et Marie Curie Campus of Sorbonne University in the center of Paris. The suburban site is located at Guyancourt (48°46'N/2°03'E), University of Versailles Saint Quentin, 24 km southwest of Paris. Tropospheric NO2 columns above Paris and Guyancourt 15 have shown similar values during the whole lockdown period from March to May 2020. One decade datasets were filtered to consider air masses at both sites with similar meteorological conditions. The median NO2 columns, as well as the surface measurements of AIPARIF (Air Quality Observatory in Ile de France) during the lockdown period in 2020 were compared to the extrapolated values estimated from a linear trend analysis for the 2011-2019 period at each station. Negative NO 2 trends of-1.5 Pmolec cm-2 yr-1 (~-6.3 % yr-1) are observed from the columns and of-2.2 µg m-3 yr-1 (~-3.6 % yr-1) from the surface 20 concentration. The negative anomaly in tropospheric columns in 2020 attributed to lockdown (and related emission reductions) was found to be 56% at Paris and 46% at Guyancourt, respectively. Similar anomaly was found in the data of surface concentrations, amounting for 53% and 28% at the urban and suburban sites, accordingly.
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insu-03266978 , version 1 (22-06-2021)
insu-03266978 , version 2 (18-12-2021)


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Andrea Pazmino, Matthias Beekmann, Florence Goutail, Dmitry Ionov, Ariane Bazureau, et al.. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic related to lockdown measures on tropospheric NO2 columns over Île-de-France. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2021, 21 (24), pp.18303-18317. ⟨10.5194/acp-21-18303-2021⟩. ⟨insu-03266978v2⟩
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