In the current program for the preparation of an urban air map, this paper reports data obtained by the five base stations in the period 1997-2000 regarding traditional pollutants and gives the first results obtained in determining continuously benzene, toluene and PM10. Additional measurements have been carried out by a mobile station at the falcate zone, never tested before, which has very low traffic but with the presence of some small metal industries and, under favourable meteorological conditions, the effects of the harbour. A statistical study on the hourly-trend of particulate suspended matter in two zones of the city which have different traffic volume for the period 1995-1997 is also reported. The ozone characteristic peak at 15.00 is fully confirmed in all stations and over all the period contrarily to most Italian cities, which present the peak about three hours earlier. PM 10 annual mean value during 1999 was a little higher than the legal one. Base stations "Archimede" and "Minissale" still present some risk of a stop or limitation of traffic even with respect to traditional or "new" pollutants. Statistical analysis of particulate suspended matter confirm the very different characteristics of the base stations under consideration.
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