Articles | Volume 20, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 14873–14887, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-14873-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 14873–14887, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-14873-2020

Research article 03 Dec 2020

Research article | 03 Dec 2020

The warming Tibetan Plateau improves winter air quality in the Sichuan Basin, China

Shuyu Zhao et al.

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The Tibetan Plateau has been experiencing a rapid warming during the last 40 years, particularly in winter. The warming leads to an increase in the planetary boundary layer height and a decrease in the relative humidity in the Sichuan Basin, causing a reduction of PM2.5 concentration by 17.5 % (~25.1 μg m−3), of which the reduction in secondary aerosols is 19.7 μg m−3. These findings indicate that the warming plateau plays an important role in mitigating air quality in downstream.
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