In this paper, we assess the status of the air quality in the Lake Baikal region which is strongly influenced by the presence of anthropogenic pollution sources. We combined the local data, with global databases, remote sensing imagery and modelling tools. This approach allows to inventorise the air-polluting sources and to quantify the air-quality concentration levels in the Lake Baikal region to a reasonable level, despite the fact that local data are scarcely available. In the simulations, we focus on the month of July 2003, as for this period, validation data are available for a number of ground-based measurement stations within the Lake Baikal region.
K Van de Vel, C Mensink, K De Ridder, F Deutsch, J Maes, J Vliegen, A Aloyan, A Yermakov, V Arutyunyan, T Khodzher, B Mijling. Air-quality modelling in the Lake Baikal region
published, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2009