Articles | Volume 20, issue 19
Research article
06 Oct 2020
Research article |  | 06 Oct 2020

Increases in surface ozone pollution in China from 2013 to 2019: anthropogenic and meteorological influences

Ke Li, Daniel J. Jacob, Lu Shen, Xiao Lu, Isabelle De Smedt, and Hong Liao

Data sets

Replication Data for: 2013–2019 increases of surface ozone pollution in China: anthropogenic and meteorological influences K. Li

Modern-Era Retrospective analysis for Research and Applications, Version 2 GMAO

The QA4ECV L3 OMI satellite data for NO2 and HCHO QA4ECV team

Historical air quality data in China X. L. Wang

The TROPOMI satellite L2 HCHO data TROPOMI team

Short summary
Surface summer ozone increased in China from 2013 to 2019 despite new governmental efforts targeting ozone pollution. We find that the ozone increase is mostly due to anthropogenic drivers, although meteorology also plays a role. Further analysis for the North China Plain shows that PM2.5 continued to decrease through 2019, while emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) stayed flat. This could explain the anthropogenic increase in ozone, as PM2.5 scavenges the radical precursors of ozone.
Final-revised paper