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Source profiles for Europe database

Welcome to SPECIEUROPE 2.0

SPECIEUROPE 2.0 is released on July 1st 2017. Near eighty new profiles have been added. The main changes concern the source categories industry, traffic, road dust, biomass burning, wood burning and secondary inorganic aerosol. A new source category “other combustion” has been created which includes a variety of combustion sources already present in other source categories excluding traffic and biomass burning.

SPECIEUROPE 2.0 has enhanced search and download functionalities . In the new version the profiles can be retrieved and downloaded by source category, species, year, PM size fraction, country or site. The architecture of the database is more clearly displayed to allow a better exploration of the source categories and subcategories.


SPECIEUROPE is a repository of source profiles developed by the JRC in the framework of FAIRMODE WG3. The target users are source apportionment and emission experts working on the identification of atmospheric pollution sources in urban or background areas in Europe. In order maximize the compatibility with existing systems, the encoding of species in SPECIEUROPE is coherent with the one of the well-known US-EPA SPECIATE repository for north-American sources.

SPECIEUROPE contains particulate chemical profiles including organic and inorganic species deriving from both measurements of European sources and source apportionment studies carried out in Europe. This preliminary version contains ca. 200 profiles, out of which 150 from original measures at source, 13 composite profiles used in studies, 39 derived from source apportionment studies and 6 theoretical (from stoichiometric ratios). The profiles bibliography is available in the DB, so that original data can be recovered when published and/or the authors can be contacted. The DB is continuously updated by the JRC with the help of the users, whose support is very much welcomed (the list of collaborators is available in the credits section). The data distributed via this service can be used provided the source is mentioned.

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For citation, we recommend the following sentence:
Pernigotti, D., Belis, C.A., Spanó, L., 2016. SPECIEUROPE: The European data base for PM source profiles. Atmospheric Pollution Research, 7 (2), pp. 307-314. DOI: 10.1016/j.apr.2015.10.007

European Commission – Joint Research Centre
Contacts: Claudio Belis and Denise Pernigotti