Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Troncoso R., de Grange L. and Cifuentes L.A. (2012)

Effects of environmental alerts and pre-emergencies on pollutant concentrations in Santiago, Chile. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.07.077

Revista : Atmospheric Environment
Volumen : 61
Páginas : 550-557
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


To reduce air pollution levels in Santiago, Chile on days when the weather is expected to create poor ventilation conditions and increased air pollutant concentrations, the responsible authorities impose temporary restrictions on motor vehicles and certain industrial activities. We estimate the impact of these restrictions on the city’s air quality using data collected by a network of monitoring stations. The estimates show that the restrictions do reduce the average concentrations of coarse and fine particulate matter, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide (both gases are emitted mainly by vehicles). However, no significant changes were found in the sulfur dioxide concentrations, which are primarily the result of industrial processes.