Articles | Volume 17, issue 6
Research article
30 Mar 2017
Research article |  | 30 Mar 2017

Influence of 2000–2050 climate change on particulate matter in the United States: results from a new statistical model

Lu Shen, Loretta J. Mickley, and Lee T. Murray


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AR by Lu Shen on behalf of the Authors (16 Feb 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (01 Mar 2017) by Qiang Zhang
AR by Lu Shen on behalf of the Authors (10 Mar 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript

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Short summary
We introduce a new method to characterize the influence of atmospheric circulation on surface PM2.5 concentrations. Applying our statistical model to climate projections, we find a strong influence of 2000–2050 climate change on PM2.5 air quality in the United States. We find that current atmospheric chemistry models may underestimate the strong positive sensitivity of PM2.5 to temperature in the eastern United States in summer, and so may underestimate PM2.5 changes in a warmer climate.
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