Forecasting Birch Pollen Levels in Belgium: First Analysis of the 2021 Season

Last updated on 4-1-2023 by Nicolas Bruffaerts

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Belgium is a highly industrialized and densely populated country with substantial air pollution and at least ~10% of the people develop allergic rhinitis symptoms due to birch tree pollen. The only information on airborne birch pollen is coming from five offline monitoring stations, lacking spatial and timely details of the pollen levels. In contrast, Chemistry Transport Models (CTM’s) are able to quantify the spatial and temporal distributions of airborne birch pollen levels a few days ahead. Recently, a new dataset on the birch pollen emission sources has been developed for Belgium. Here …

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