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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 1669–1688, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-1669-2022
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 1669–1688, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-1669-2022
Research article
03 Feb 2022
Research article | 03 Feb 2022

Distinct evolutions of haze pollution from winter to the following spring over the North China Plain: role of the North Atlantic sea surface temperature anomalies

Linye Song et al.

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This study shows that in most years when haze pollution (HP) over the North China Plain (NCP) is more (less) serious in winter, air conditions in the following spring are also worse (better) than normal. Conversely, there are some years when HP in the following spring is opposed to that in winter. It is found that North Atlantic sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies play important roles in HP evolution over the NCP. Thus North Atlantic SST is an important preceding signal for NCP HP evolution.
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