Articles | Volume 19, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-617-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-617-2019
Research article
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16 Jan 2019
Research article |  | 16 Jan 2019

Characterization of VOCs and their related atmospheric processes in a central Chinese city during severe ozone pollution periods

Bowei Li, Steven Sai Hang Ho, Sunling Gong, Jingwei Ni, Huairui Li, Liyan Han, Yi Yang, Yijin Qi, and Dongxu Zhao

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Ozone (O3) pollution is affecting Chinese cities. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are important contributors in the production of tropospheric O3. The local chemical species that play a vital role in O3 formation are identified. Vehicle emissions, coal + biomass burning and solvent use were the most important sources for ambient VOCs. This study provides first-hand information on the characteristics of VOCs and assists in overcoming the O3 pollution issue in Zhengzhou, China.
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