Articles | Volume 16, issue 8
Research article
28 Apr 2016
Research article |  | 28 Apr 2016

NOx lifetimes and emissions of cities and power plants in polluted background estimated by satellite observations

Fei Liu, Steffen Beirle, Qiang Zhang, Steffen Dörner, Kebin He, and Thomas Wagner

Data sets

Tropospheric NO2 TVCDs (DOMINO v2.0) Tropospheric Emission Monitoring Internet Service (TEMIS)

ERA-Interim wind reanalysis data European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)

Emission data for US power plants United States Environmental Protection Agency, Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID)

Emission data for Chinese cities Multi-resolution Emission Inventory for China (MEIC)

Emission data for US cities Joint Research Centre, Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR)

Sounding measurements University of Wyoming, Department of Atmospheric Science

GTOPO30 elevation data US Geological Survey

Short summary
We present a new method to quantify NOx emissions and corresponding atmospheric lifetimes from OMI NO2 observations together with ECMWF wind fields without further model input for sources located in polluted background. The derived NOx emissions show generally good agreement with bottom-up inventories for power plants and cities. Global inventory significantly underestimated NOx emissions in Chinese cities, most likely due to uncertainties associated with downscaling approaches.
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