Articles | Volume 9, issue 20
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 7711–7723, 2009

Special issue: The Mount Tai Experiment 2006 (MTX2006): regional ozone photochemistry...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 7711–7723, 2009

  16 Oct 2009

16 Oct 2009

Rates and regimes of photochemical ozone production over Central East China in June 2006: a box model analysis using comprehensive measurements of ozone precursors

Y. Kanaya1, P. Pochanart1, Y. Liu1, J. Li1, H. Tanimoto2, S. Kato3, J. Suthawaree3, S. Inomata2, F. Taketani1, K. Okuzawa4, K. Kawamura4, H. Akimoto1, and Z. F. Wang5 Y. Kanaya et al.
  • 1Research Institute for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Yokohama, Japan
  • 2National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan
  • 3Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Japan
  • 4Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
  • 5LAPC/NZC, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Abstract. An observation-based box model approach was undertaken to estimate concentrations of OH, HO2, and RO2 radicals and the net photochemical production rate of ozone at the top of Mount Tai, located in the middle of Central East China, in June 2006. The model calculation was constrained by the measurements of O3, H2O, CO, NO, NO2, hydrocarbon, HCHO, and CH3CHO concentrations, and temperature and J values. The net production rate of ozone was estimated to be 6.4 ppb h−1 as a 6-h average (09:00–15:00 CST), suggesting 58±37 ppb of ozone is produced in one day. Thus the daytime buildup of ozone recorded at the mountain top as ~23 ppb on average is likely affected by in situ photochemistry as well as by the upward transport of polluted air mass in the daytime. On days with high ozone concentrations (hourly values exceeding 100 ppb at least once), in situ photochemistry was more active than it was on low ozone days, suggesting that in situ photochemistry is an important factor controlling ozone concentrations. Sensitivity model runs for which different NOx and hydrocarbon concentrations were assumed suggested that the ozone production occurred normally under NOx-limited conditions, with some exceptional periods (under volatile-organic-compound-limited conditions) in which there was fresh pollution. We also examined the possible influence of the heterogeneous loss of gaseous HO2 radicals in contact with aerosol particle surfaces on the rate and regimes of ozone production.

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