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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-2725-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-2725-2021
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24 Feb 2021
Research article |  | 24 Feb 2021

Recommendations on benchmarks for numerical air quality model applications in China – Part 1: PM2.5 and chemical species

Ling Huang, Yonghui Zhu, Hehe Zhai, Shuhui Xue, Tianyi Zhu, Yun Shao, Ziyi Liu, Chris Emery, Greg Yarwood, Yangjun Wang, Joshua Fu, Kun Zhang, and Li Li

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Numerical air quality models (AQMs) are being applied extensively to address diverse scientific and regulatory compliance associated with deteriorating air quality in China. For any AQM applications, model performance evaluation is a critical step that guarantees the robustness and reliability of the baseline modeling results and subsequent applications. We provided benchmarks for model performance evaluation of AQM applications in China to demonstrate model robustness.
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