Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 1101–1116, 2011
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 1101–1116, 2011

Research article 09 Feb 2011

Research article | 09 Feb 2011

Anthropogenic sulfur dioxide emissions: 1850–2005

S. J. Smith1, J. van Aardenne2,*, Z. Klimont3, R. J. Andres4, A. Volke1, and S. Delgado Arias1 S. J. Smith et al.
  • 1Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 5825 University Research Court, Suite 3500, College Park, MD 20740, USA
  • 2European Commission Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Via E. Fermi 2749, TP 290, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
  • 3International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Schlossplatz 1, 2361, Laxenburg, Austria
  • 4Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6335, USA
  • *current address: European Environment Agency, Kongens Nytorv 6, 1050 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Abstract. Sulfur aerosols impact human health, ecosystems, agriculture, and global and regional climate. A new annual estimate of anthropogenic global and regional sulfur dioxide emissions has been constructed spanning the period 1850–2005 using a bottom-up mass balance method, calibrated to country-level inventory data. Global emissions peaked in the early 1970s and decreased until 2000, with an increase in recent years due to increased emissions in China, international shipping, and developing countries in general. An uncertainty analysis was conducted including both random and systemic uncertainties. The overall global uncertainty in sulfur dioxide emissions is relatively small, but regional uncertainties ranged up to 30%. The largest contributors to uncertainty at present are emissions from China and international shipping. Emissions were distributed on a 0.5° grid by sector for use in coordinated climate model experiments.

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