Articles | Volume 18, issue 24
Research article
20 Dec 2018
Research article |  | 20 Dec 2018

Spatial and temporal changes in SO2 regimes over China in the recent decade and the driving mechanism

Ting Wang, Pucai Wang, Nicolas Theys, Dan Tong, François Hendrick, Qiang Zhang, and Michel Van Roozendael


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AR by Ting Wang on behalf of the Authors (24 Oct 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Nov 2018) by Dominick Spracklen
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (21 Nov 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (29 Nov 2018)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (30 Nov 2018) by Dominick Spracklen
AR by Ting Wang on behalf of the Authors (03 Dec 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
In the last decade, four temporal regimes of SO2 in China have been identified. After an initial rise, SO2 undergoes two sharp drops in 2007–2008 and 2014–2016, during which 5-year rebounding is sustained. Different mechanisms are tied to North and South China. The industrial emission is responsible for SO2 variation in North China, while in South China the meteorological conditions make a large contribution. The result is crucial to the understanding of SO2 changes and future polices.
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