General Review

  • De Sario M., Katsouyanni K., Michelozzi P., 2013. Climate change, extreme weather events, air pollution and respiratory health in Europe. European Respiratory Journal, 42(3):826-43. doi: 10.1183/09031936.00074712.


Health effects attributed to African dust outbreaks in Spanish regions

  • Pérez L., Tobías A., Querol X., Künzli N., Pey J., Alastuey A., 2008. Coarse particles from Saharan dust and daily mortality. Epidemiology, 19, 1–8.
  • Jiménez E., Linares C., Martínez D., Díaz J., 2010. Role of Saharan dust in the relationship between particulate matter and short-term daily mortality among the elderly in Madrid (Spain). Science of the Total Environment, 408, 5729–5736.
  • Linares C., Tobías A., Díaz J., 2010. Is there new scientific evidence to justify reconsideration of the current WHO guidelines for particulate matter during dust intrussions?. Science of the Total Environment, 408, 2283–2284.
  • Tobías A., Pérez L., Díaz J., Linares C., Pey J., Alastuey A., Querol X., 2011. Short-term effects of particulate matter on total mortality during Saharan dust outbreaks: a Case-Crossover analysis in Madrid (Spain). Science of the Total Environment, 412–413, 386–389.
  • Pérez L., Tobías A., Querol X., Pey J., Alastuey A., Díaz J., Sunyer J., 2012. Saharan dust, particulate matter and cause specific mortality: a Case-Crossover study in Barcelona (Spain). Environment International, 48, 150–155.
  • Pandolfi M., Tobías A., Alastuey A., Sunyer J., Schwartz J., Lorente J., Pey J., Querol X., 2014. Effect of atmospheric mixing layer depth variations on urban air quality and daily mortality during Saharan dust outbreaks. Science of the Total Environment, 494-495, 283-289
  • Reyes M., Díaz J., Tobías A., Montero J.C., Linares C., 2014. Impact of Saharan dust particles on hospital admissions in Madrid. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 24, 63–72.
  • Stafoggia M. and the MED-PARTICLES study group, 2016. Desert dust outbreaks in Southern Europe: Contribution to daily PM10 concentrations and short-term associations with mortality and hospital admissions. Environmental Health Perspectives, 124, 413-419.
  • Díaz J., Linares C., Carmona R., Russo A., Ortiz C., Salvador P., Machado Trigo R., 2017. Saharan dust intrusions in Spain: Health impacts and associated synoptic conditions. Environmental Research, 156, 455-467.


Health effects attributed to wildfires in Spanish regions.

  • Linares C., Carmona R., Tobías A., Mirón I. J., Díaz J., 2015. Influence of advections of particulate matter from biomass combustion on specific-cause mortality in Madrid in the period 2004–2009. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 22, 7012-7019, DOI 10.1007/s11356-014-3916-2.
  • Faustini A. and the MED-PARTICLES study group, 2015. Short-term effects of particulate matter on mortality during forest fires in Southern Europe: results of the MED-PARTICLES Project. Occup. Environ. Med., 72(5):323-329.
  • Carmona R., Linares C., Salvador P., Díaz J., 2017. Impact on mortality of biomass combustion from wildfires in Spain: A regional analysis. Science of the Total Environment. Accepted for publication. In press.


Climate change and African dust outbreaks

  • Moulin D., Lambert C. E., Dulac F., Dayan U., 1997. Control of atmospheric export of dust from North Africa by the North Atlantic Oscillation. Nature, 387, 691–694.
  • Prospero J.M., Lamb P.J., 2003. African droughts and dust transport to the Caribbean: climate change implications. Science, 302, 1024-1027.
  • Rodríguez S., Cuevas E., Prospero J. M., Alastuey A., Querol X., López-Solano J., García M. I., Alonso-Pérez S., 2015. Modulation of Saharan dust export by the North African dipole. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 7471-7486.