Satellite indicators of air quality changes over Russia due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions

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The analysis of the dust content (pm10) and NO2 in the atmosphere over Russia for January - May 2020 in comparison with previous years was carried out. Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service data archives are used as a source of information. It was found that the imposition of socio-economic restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic affected the content of dust and nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere unevenly for different regions of the country. The state of atmospheric dust and NO2 content has improved due to the restrictions imposed in a number of regions of the Far East (apparently, also due to restrictions on the territory of neighboring China) and, to a lesser degree, in the center of the European part of Russia. The information obtained can be used to predict the development of the social and economic situation in the coming years and to plan preventive measures to overcome the economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to develop proposals to overcome negative consequences for the environment, including measures to optimize territorial development, nature protection and consideration of ecosystem functions.

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Igor Yu. Savin

V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute; Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Author for correspondence.
Email: savin_iyu@esoil.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8739-5441

Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Agricultural Sciences, Professor of the Institute of Environmental Engineering, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University); chief researcher, V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Institute

6 Miklukho-Maklaya St, Moscow, 117198, Russia;7 Pyzhevskii Pereulok, bldg 2, Moscow, 119017, Russia

Andrej V. Chinilin

V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute; Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy

Email: achinilin@mail.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4237-7995

Associate Professor of the Faculty of Soil Science, Agrochemistry and Ecology, K.A. Timiryazev Russian State Agricultural Academy; junior researcher, V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Institute

49 Timiryazevskaya St, Moscow, 127434, Russia; 7 Pyzhevskii Pereulok, bldg 2, Moscow, 119017, Russia

Sergey A. Avetyan

V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute; Lomonosov Moscow State University

Email: Avetyan-serg@mail.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3435-9092

senior researcher, V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Institute; researcher, Faculty of Soil Science, Lomonosov Moscow State University

7 Pyzhevskii Pereulok, bldg 2, Moscow, 119017, Russia;1 Leninskie Gory, bldg 12, Moscow, 119991, Russia

Ekaterina A. Shishkonakova

V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute

Email: shishkonakova_ea@esoil.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4396-2712

senior researcher

7 Pyzhevskii Pereulok, bldg 2, Moscow, 119017, Russia

Elena Yu. Prudnikova

V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute; Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Email: Prudnikova_eyu@esoil.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7743-8607

senior researcher, V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Institute; Associate Professor of the Department of Environmental Management, Institute of Environmental Engineering, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

7 Pyzhevskii Pereulok, bldg 2, Moscow, 119017, Russia; 6 Miklukho-Maklaya St, Moscow, 117198, Russia

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Copyright (c) 2021 Savin I.Y., Chinilin A.V., Avetyan S.A., Shishkonakova E.A., Prudnikova E.Y.

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