Articles | Volume 14, issue 14
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 7323–7340, 2014
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 7323–7340, 2014

Research article 17 Jul 2014

Research article | 17 Jul 2014

Air quality in the mid-21st century for the city of Paris under two climate scenarios; from the regional to local scale

K. Markakis1, M. Valari1, A. Colette2, O. Sanchez3, O. Perrussel3, C. Honore3, R. Vautard4, Z. Klimont5, and S. Rao5 K. Markakis et al.
  • 1Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique, IPSL Laboratoire CEA/CNRS/UVSQ, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau CEDEX, France
  • 2Institut national de l'environnement industriel et des risques (INERIS), Paris, France
  • 3AIRPARIF, Assosciation de surveillance de qualite de l'air en Île-de-France, 7 rue Crillon, 75004, Paris, France
  • 4Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, IPSL Laboratoire CEA/CNRS/UVSQ, Orme des Merisiers, 91191 Gif/Yvette CEDEX, France
  • 5International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Schlossplatz 1, 2361, Laxenburg, Austria

Abstract. Ozone and PM2.5 concentrations over the city of Paris are modeled with the CHIMERE air-quality model at 4 km × 4 km horizontal resolution for two future emission scenarios. A high-resolution (1 km × 1 km) emission projection until 2020 for the greater Paris region is developed by local experts (AIRPARIF) and is further extended to year 2050 based on regional-scale emission projections developed by the Global Energy Assessment. Model evaluation is performed based on a 10-year control simulation. Ozone is in very good agreement with measurements while PM2.5 is underestimated by 20% over the urban area mainly due to a large wet bias in wintertime precipitation. A significant increase of maximum ozone relative to present-day levels over Paris is modeled under the "business-as-usual" scenario (+7 ppb) while a more optimistic "mitigation" scenario leads to a moderate ozone decrease (−3.5 ppb) in year 2050. These results are substantially different to previous regional-scale projections where 2050 ozone is found to decrease under both future scenarios. A sensitivity analysis showed that this difference is due to the fact that ozone formation over Paris at the current urban-scale study is driven by volatile organic compound (VOC)-limited chemistry, whereas at the regional-scale ozone formation occurs under NOx-sensitive conditions. This explains why the sharp NOx reductions implemented in the future scenarios have a different effect on ozone projections at different scales. In rural areas, projections at both scales yield similar results showing that the longer timescale processes of emission transport and ozone formation are less sensitive to model resolution. PM2.5 concentrations decrease by 78% and 89% under business-as-usual and mitigation scenarios, respectively, compared to the present-day period. The reduction is much more prominent over the urban part of the domain due to the effective reductions of road transport and residential emissions resulting in the smoothing of the large urban increment modeled in the control simulation.

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