Exposure to air pollution in Germany for the decade 2010-2019 (APExpose_DE)


In this dataset we present metrics related to the exposure to air pollution in Germany for the decade 2010-2019. The sources used for the production of the dataset were Airbase, from the European Environmental Agency (https://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/air/explore-air-pollution-data) and the CAMS (Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service) global reanalysis EAC4 (https://www.ecmwf.int/en/forecasts/dataset/cams-global-reanalysis). Stations of the types "Traffic" and "Industrial" were left out for being considered unrepresentative to long-term exposure, those of the type "Background" were included. Each station was geo-located within, and each computed yearly value associated to, a NUTS-3 unit. Within each NUTS-3 (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) unit and for each metric, the yearly values per station were averaged in three ways, giving preference to different station sitings, each representing a different scenario: average, urban, remote.The monitoring data were produced for the NUTS-3 units and the years where monitoring data for a given pollutant is available. In order to complete the dataset for the NUTS-3 units where no monitoring data for a given pollutant is available, the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS) EAC4 reanalysis (https://www.ecmwf.int/en/forecasts/dataset/cams-global-reanalysis) was used. The yearly-averaged rasters from CAMS were vectorized and scaled to available monitoring data to obtain values for each NUTS-3 units.As a final step, the Airbase and CAMS derived data were combined to produce the APExpose_DE dataset. Each record (each line in the file) corresponds to a NUTS-3 unit (identified by its name and its code), and a scenario, for a given year.There are 402 NUTS-3 units in Germany and 3 scenarios were developed, the total number of records in the dataset is 1206 per year, or 12060 for the entire study period. Each record includes a numeric value for each metric considered. The ASCII format of the provided dataset enables a simple access and workup. The NUTS-3 code, provided for each record, enables linking the dataset to other, possibly vectorized, datasets at the NUTS-3 or coarser level.

The APExpose_DE dataset is a long-term (2010-2019) dataset providing ambient air pollution metrics at yearly time resolution for NO2, NO, O3, PM10 and PM2.5 at the NUTS-3 spatial resolution level (corresponding to the Landkreis/Kreisfreie Stadt in Germany).

DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.932256
Metadata Access https://ws.pangaea.de/oai/provider?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=datacite4&identifier=oai:pangaea.de:doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.932256
Creator Caseiro, Alexandre; von Schneidemesser, Erika
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2021
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 192960 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (6.164W, 47.556S, 14.751E, 54.785N); Germany; Danube catchment
Temporal Coverage Begin 2010-01-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2019-12-31T00:00:00Z