Chemical compunds from the road traffic of Barcelona are found in Montseny Natural Park

9 June 2021

A study by the Institue of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) and CREAF, and published in Atmospheric Environment detects volatile organic compunds coming from the traffic of Barcelona. These polluting substances can alter the natural climatic and ecological balance. The volatile organic compounds come from different sources and, according to the author of the research,  Ana M. Yáñez, although most of these compounds have a natural origin (plants, trees…), a relative high amount of them have an anthropogenic origin, specifically those derived from the burning of fuels. These are transported by the sea breeze from Barcelona to Montseny Natural Park, 50 km away.

Ana María Yáñez Serrano, Albert Bach, David Bartolomé-Català, Vassileios Matthaios, Roger Seco, Joan Llusià, Iolanda Fillela, Josep Peñuelas.
Dynamics of volatile organic compounds in a western Mediterranean oak forest. Atmospheric Environment. 2021. 257, 118447. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2021.118447

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