Articles | Volume 15, issue 19
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 11411–11432, 2015

Special issue: Global and regional assessment of intercontinental transport...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 11411–11432, 2015

Research article 15 Oct 2015

Research article | 15 Oct 2015

HTAP_v2.2: a mosaic of regional and global emission grid maps for 2008 and 2010 to study hemispheric transport of air pollution

G. Janssens-Maenhout1,12, M. Crippa1, D. Guizzardi1, F. Dentener1, M. Muntean1, G. Pouliot2, T. Keating3, Q. Zhang4, J. Kurokawa5, R. Wankmüller6, H. Denier van der Gon7, J. J. P. Kuenen7, Z. Klimont8, G. Frost9, S. Darras10, B. Koffi1, and M. Li4,11 G. Janssens-Maenhout et al.
  • 1European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Via Fermi, 2749, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
  • 2US EPA – Office of Research and Development, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, USA
  • 3US EPA – Office of Air & Radiation, 1200 Pennsylvania Av. NW, Washington DC 20460, USA
  • 4Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Earth System Modelling, Center for Earth System Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • 5Asia Center for Air Pollution Research, 1182 Sowa, Nishi-ku, Niigata, Niigata, 950-2144, Japan
  • 6EMEP – Centre on Emission Inventory & Projection (CEIP), Federal Environment Agency, Spittelauer Lände, 5, 1090 Vienna, Austria
  • 7TNO, Department of Climate, Air and Sustainability, Princetonlaan 6, 3584 CB Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 8International Institute for Applied Analysis, Schloßplatz, 1, 2361 Laxenburg, Austria
  • 9NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory & University of Colorado/CIRES, Boulder, CO, USA
  • 10Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, CNRS, SEDOO, Toulouse, France
  • 11State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • 12Ghent University, Campus Ardoyen, Ghent-Zwijnaarde, Belgium

Abstract. The mandate of the Task Force Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution (TF HTAP) under the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) is to improve the scientific understanding of the intercontinental air pollution transport, to quantify impacts on human health, vegetation and climate, to identify emission mitigation options across the regions of the Northern Hemisphere, and to guide future policies on these aspects.

The harmonization and improvement of regional emission inventories is imperative to obtain consolidated estimates on the formation of global-scale air pollution. An emissions data set has been constructed using regional emission grid maps (annual and monthly) for SO2, NOx, CO, NMVOC, NH3, PM10, PM2.5, BC and OC for the years 2008 and 2010, with the purpose of providing consistent information to global and regional scale modelling efforts.

This compilation of different regional gridded inventories – including that of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for USA, the EPA and Environment Canada (for Canada), the European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP) and Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) for Europe, and the Model Inter-comparison Study for Asia (MICS-Asia III) for China, India and other Asian countries – was gap-filled with the emission grid maps of the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGARv4.3) for the rest of the world (mainly South America, Africa, Russia and Oceania). Emissions from seven main categories of human activities (power, industry, residential, agriculture, ground transport, aviation and shipping) were estimated and spatially distributed on a common grid of 0.1° × 0.1° longitude-latitude, to yield monthly, global, sector-specific grid maps for each substance and year.

The HTAP_v2.2 air pollutant grid maps are considered to combine latest available regional information within a complete global data set. The disaggregation by sectors, high spatial and temporal resolution and detailed information on the data sources and references used will provide the user the required transparency. Because HTAP_v2.2 contains primarily official and/or widely used regional emission grid maps, it can be recommended as a global baseline emission inventory, which is regionally accepted as a reference and from which different scenarios assessing emission reduction policies at a global scale could start.

An analysis of country-specific implied emission factors shows a large difference between industrialised countries and developing countries for acidifying gaseous air pollutant emissions (SO2 and NOx) from the energy and industry sectors. This is not observed for the particulate matter emissions (PM10, PM2.5), which show large differences between countries in the residential sector instead. The per capita emissions of all world countries, classified from low to high income, reveal an increase in level and in variation for gaseous acidifying pollutants, but not for aerosols. For aerosols, an opposite trend is apparent with higher per capita emissions of particulate matter for low income countries.

Short summary
This paper provides monthly emission grid maps at 0.1deg x 0.1deg resolution with global coverage for air pollutants and aerosols anthropogenic emissions in 2008 and 2010. Countries are consistently inter-compared with sector-specific implied emission factors, per capita emissions and emissions per unit of GDP. The emission grid maps compose the reference emissions data set for the community modelling hemispheric transport of air pollution (HTAP).
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