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Sensitivity Analysis of the Surface Ozone and Fine Particulate Matter to Meteorological Parameters in China

Zhihao Shi1, Lin Huang1, Jingyi Li1, Qi Ying2, Hongliang Zhang3,4, and Jianlin Hu1 Zhihao Shi et al.
  • 1Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment Monitoring and Pollution Control, Collaborative Innovation Center of Atmospheric Environment and Equipment Technology, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
  • 2Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
  • 3Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai 200438, China
  • 4Institute of Eco-Chongming (SIEC), Shanghai 200062, China

Abstract. Meteorological conditions play important roles in the formation of ozone (O3) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5). China has been suffering from serious regional air pollution problems, characterized by high concentrations of surface O3 and PM2.5. In this study, the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model was used to quantify the sensitivity of surface O3 and PM2.5 to key meteorological parameters in different regions of China. Six meteorological parameters were perturbed to create different meteorological conditions, including temperature (T), wind speed (WS), absolute humidity (AH), planetary boundary layer height (PBLH), cloud liquid water content (CLW) and precipitation (PCP). Air quality simulations under the perturbed meteorological conditions were conducted in China in January and July of 2013. The changes in O3 and PM2.5 concentrations due to individual meteorological parameters were then quantified. T has the greatest impact on the daily maximum 8-h average O3 (O3-8 h) concentrations, which leads to O3-8 h increases by 1.7 ppb K−1 in January in Chongqing and 1.1 ppb K−1 in July in Beijing. WS, AH, and PBLH have a smaller but notable influence on O3-8 h with maximum change rates of 0.3, −0.15, and 0.14 ppb %−1, respectively. T, WS, AH, and PBLH have important effects on PM2.5 formation of in both January and July. In general, PM2.5 sensitivities are negative to T, WS, and PBLH and positive to AH in most regions of China. The sensitivities in January are much larger than in July. PM2.5 sensitivity to T, WS, PBLH, and AH in January can be up to −5 μg m−3 K−1, −3 μg m3 %−1, −1 g m−3, and +0.6 μg m−3 %−1, respectively, and in July can be up to −2 μg m−3 K−1, −0.4 μg m−3 %−1, −0.14 μg m−3 %−1, and +0.3 μg m−3 %−1, respectively. Other meteorological factors (CLW and PCP) have negligible effects on O3-8 h (less than 0.01 ppb %−1) and PM2.5 (less than 0.01 μg m−3 %−1). The results suggest that surface O3 and PM2.5 concentrations can change significantly due to changes in meteorological parameters and it is necessary to consider these effects when developing emission control strategies in different regions of China.

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Meteorological conditions play important roles in the formation of O3 and PM2.5 pollution in China. O3 is most sensitive to temperature and the sensitivity is dependent on the O3 chemistry formation or loss regime. PM2.5 is negatively sensitive to temperature, wind speed, planetary boundary layer height, and positively sensitive to humidity. The results imply that climate change may offset part of the efforts of emission controls in China.
Meteorological conditions play important roles in the formation of O3 and PM2.5 pollution in...