Attributing long-term changes in airborne birch and grass pollen concentrations to climate change and vegetation dynamics

Last updated on 10-2-2023 by Nicolas Bruffaerts

Peer reviewed scientific article




Changes in climate and land-use may elicit an increased emission of allergenic pollen amounts in the air, causing a rise in respiratory allergies and affecting public health more than previously thought. Here we have used a well-established pollen transport model SILAM (System for Integrated modeLling of Atmospheric coMposition) for attributing the long-term changes in airborne pollen concentrations of birches and grasses to climate change and vegetation dynamics. The pollen transport model is applied for Belgium and is driven by ECMWF ERA5 meteorological data (European Centre for Medium-Ra…

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