Articles | Volume 16, issue 16
Research article
16 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 16 Aug 2016

Impacts of historical climate and land cover changes on fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air quality in East Asia between 1980 and 2010

Yu Fu, Amos P. K. Tai, and Hong Liao

Data sets

MODIS land cover product (MCD12Q1) NASA EOSDIS Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC)

GLOBMAP LAI data Yang Liu, Ronggao Liu, and Jing M. Chen

National Land Cover Data set for China Data Center for Resources and Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Historical land use data from a harmonized RCP land use data set G. C. Hurtt, L. P. Chini, S. Frolking, R. Betts, J. Feddema, G. Fischer, K. K. Goldewijk, K. Hibbard, A. Janetos, C. Jones, G. Kinderman, T. Kinoshita, K. Riahi, E. Shevliakova, S. Smith, E. Stedfast, A. Thomson, P. Thornton, D. vanVuuren, and Y. P. Wang

Short summary
The effects of climate change would partly counteract the emission-driven increase in PM2.5 in winter in most of eastern China, but exacerbate PM2.5 pollution in summer in North China Plain. Land cover and land use change might partially offset the increase in summertime PM2.5 but further enhance wintertime PM2.5 in the model by modifying the dry deposition of various PM2.5 precursors and biogenic volatile organic compound emissions, which also act as important factors in modulating air quality.
Final-revised paper