CR 66:171-183 (2015)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01341

Influence of atmospheric teleconnection patterns on airborne pollen levels in the NE Iberian Peninsula

Rebeca Izquierdo1, Marta Alarcón1,*, Husam T. Majeed1, Cristina Periago1, Jordina Belmonte2,3

1Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, C/ Urgell 187, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
2Institut de Ciencia i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Edifici Z, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
3Departament de Biologia Animal, Biologia Vegetal i Ecologia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Edifici C, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
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ABSTRACT: Using 22 pollen taxa collected at 6 localities in Catalonia (NE Spain) during the period 1994-2011, we show that climate variability associated with Northern Hemisphere teleconnection patterns (North Atlantic Oscillation, Arctic Oscillation and Western Mediterranean Oscillation) affects both seasonal pollen production and the timing of the airborne pollen season. For most of the studied pollen taxa, positive phases of the 3 climatic indices were related to a decrease in the seasonal pollen index and an advance and enlargement of the pollen season. Furthermore, for most taxa, negative phases of the climatic indices were linked to higher pollen production via an increase in rainfall. A clear relationship between climatic indices and the end of the pollen season was not observed. Since pollen parameters correlate more strongly with the Western Mediterranean Oscillation index (WeMOi) than other indices, the WeMOi negative trend observed over the last decades needs to be confirmed to properly identify its effect on ecosystems and public health in the western Mediterranean basin.


KEY WORDS: NAO · AO · WeMO · Seasonal Pollen Index · Pollination · Western Mediterranean


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Cite this article as: Izquierdo R, Alarcón M, Majeed HT, Periago C, Belmonte J (2015) Influence of atmospheric teleconnection patterns on airborne pollen levels in the NE Iberian Peninsula. Clim Res 66:171-183. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01341

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