Kamil Leziak


How Covid-19 pandemic influenced air quality in Polish cities – lessons from three lockdowns

Katarzyna Lindner-Cendrowska, Kamil Leziak, Peter Bröde

Geographia Polonica (2022) vol. 95, iss. 3, pp. 255-274 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0235

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The aim of this study was to determine how COVID-19 pandemic influenced air quality in the chosen Polish cities. Data on nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxides, fine and coarse particulate matter concentrations from air quality monitoring stations was used to compare pollutants levels during the pandemic and in the 5-year pre-pandemicperiod. The impact of the pandemic on the air quality has been analysed using linear mixed effect models, adjusting for long-term, seasonal and weekly trends and meteorological conditions. Results showed that during the pandemic, until the second lockdown only nitrogen oxides levels were significantly reduced (up to 20%), while when again loosening restrictions the rebound effect led to 20-30% increase of all analysed pollutants.

Keywords: air pollution, COVID-19, lockdown, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulate matter

Katarzyna Lindner-Cendrowska [klindner@twarda.pan.pl], Instytut Geografii i Przestrzennego Zagospodarowania im. S. Leszczyckiego PAN
Kamil Leziak [k.leziak@uw.edu.pl], Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies University of Warsaw Krakowskie Przedmieście 30, 00-927 Warsaw: Poland
Peter Bröde [broede@ifado.de], Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors at TU Dortmund (IfADo) Ardeystrasse 67, 44139 Dortmund: Germany