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Annual and seasonal variations in tropospheric ozone concentrations around Varanasi

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This study examines the annual, seasonal and diurnal variations in the ambient concentrations of ozone at a suburban site of Varanasi, India, during 2002-2006. Prominent seasonal variations in ozone concentrations were recorded. Ozone concentrations were higher during the warmer months. Daytime 12-hourly mean monthly ozone concentrations varied from 45.18 to 62.35 ppb during summer, from 28.55 to 44.25 ppb during winter and from 24 to 43.85 ppb during the rainy season from 2002 to 2006. Distinct diurnal variations in ozone concentrations were also observed. Daytime maxima in ozone concentration were recorded between 1200 and 1400 h, whereas morning and evening hours showed lower concentrations of ozone. Ozone concentrations in the atmosphere depended on several meteorological factors. Monthly average ozone concentration was significantly correlated with maximum temperature (p<0.001) and mean monthly temperature (p<0.05), maximum relative humidity (p<0.001), minimum relative humidity (p<0.001) and mean monthly relative humidity (p<0.001), and sunshine hours (p<0.001). Ozone concentrations in the ambient air have shown an increase in the past decade that was more in the winter and rainy seasons than in the summer. This study suggests that ozone concentrations around Varanasi were sufficiently high to cause significant damage to agricultural production. The present work can be extended to a regional level by incorporating modelling studies using recent remote sensing tools.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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