Ozone pollution over China and India: seasonality and sources

Gao, Meng; Gao, Jinhui; Zhu, Bin; Kumar, Rajesh; Lu, Xiao; Song, Shaojie; Zhang, Yuzhong; Jia, Beixi; Wang, Peng; Beig, Gufran; Hu, Jianlin; Ying, Qi; Zhang, Hongliang; Sherman, Peter; McElroy, Michael B.

A regional fully coupled meteorology–chemistry model, Weather Research and Forecasting model with Chemistry (WRF-Chem), was employed to study the seasonality of ozone (inline-formulaO3) pollution and its sources in both China and India. Observations and model results suggest that inline-formulaO3 in the North China Plain (NCP), Yangtze River Delta (YRD), Pearl River Delta (PRD), and India exhibit distinctive seasonal features, which are linked to the influence of summer monsoons. Through a factor separation approach, we examined the sensitivity of inline-formulaO3 to individual anthropogenic, biogenic, and biomass burning emissions. We found that summer inline-formulaO3 formation in China is more sensitive to industrial and biogenic sources than to other source sectors, while the transportation and biogenic sources are more important in all seasons for India. Tagged simulations suggest that local sources play an important role in the formation of the summer inline-formulaO3 peak in the NCP, but sources from Northwest China should not be neglected to control summer inline-formulaO3 in the NCP. For the YRD region, prevailing winds and cleaner air from the ocean in summer lead to reduced transport from polluted regions, and the major source region in addition to local sources is Southeast China. For the PRD region, the upwind region is replaced by contributions from polluted PRD as autumn approaches, leading to an autumn peak. The major upwind regions in autumn for the PRD are YRD (11 %) and Southeast China (10 %). For India, sources in North India are more important than sources in the south. These analyses emphasize the relative importance of source sectors and regions as they change with seasons, providing important implications for inline-formulaO3 control strategies.

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Gao, Meng / Gao, Jinhui / Zhu, Bin / et al: Ozone pollution over China and India: seasonality and sources. 2020. Copernicus Publications.

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