Articles | Volume 18, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 6353–6366, 2018

Special issue: Regional transport and transformation of air pollution in...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 6353–6366, 2018

Research article 04 May 2018

Research article | 04 May 2018

Effect of ecological restoration programs on dust concentrations in the North China Plain: a case study

Xin Long et al.


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AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (09 Feb 2018)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (22 Feb 2018) by Renyi Zhang
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (27 Feb 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (05 Mar 2018)
ED: Publish as is (05 Mar 2018) by Renyi Zhang
Short summary
Using satellite products of MODIS and the numerical model of WRF-DUST, we proved that the ecological restoration programs in China help to reduce the dust pollution in the NCP, providing a direct and quantified answer to the ongoing debate about the effectiveness of the national ERPs. Despite the limitations of the case study, we provide some insights into the effects of ERPs on the downwind area, where heavy haze often occurs due to anthropogenic air pollutants.
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