Development of ozone reactivity scales for volatile organic compounds in a Chinese megacity

Zhang, Yingnan; Xue, Likun; Carter, William P. L.; Pei, Chenglei; Chen, Tianshu; Mu, Jiangshan; Wang, Yujun; Zhang, Qingzhu; Wang, Wenxing

We developed incremental reactivity (IR) scales for 116 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a Chinese megacity (Guangzhou) and elucidated their application in calculating the ozone (inline-formulaO3) formation potential (OFP) in China. Two sets of model inputs (emission-based and observation-based) were designed to localize the IR scales in Guangzhou using the Master Chemical Mechanism (MCM) box model and were also compared with those of the US. The two inputs differed in how primary pollutant inputs in the model were derived, with one based on emission data and the other based on observed pollutant levels, but the maximum incremental reactivity (MIR) scales derived from them were fairly similar. The IR scales showed a strong dependence on the chemical mechanism (MCM vs. Statewide Air Pollution Research Center), and a higher consistency was found in IR scales between China and the US using a similar chemical mechanism. With a given chemical mechanism, the MIR scale for most VOCs showed a relatively small dependence on environmental conditions. However, when the inline-formulaNOx availability decreased, the IR scales became more sensitive to environmental conditions and the discrepancy between the IR scales obtained from emission-based and observation-based inputs increased, thereby implying the necessity to localize IR scales over mixed-limited or inline-formulaNOx-limited areas. This study provides recommendations for the application of IR scales, which has great significance for VOC control in China and other countries suffering from serious inline-formulaO3 air pollution.

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Zhang, Yingnan / Xue, Likun / Carter, William P. L. / et al: Development of ozone reactivity scales for volatile organic compounds in a Chinese megacity. 2021. Copernicus Publications.

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