Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 11, 26057-26109, 2011
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Spatial-temporal variations of surface ozone and ozone control strategy for Northern China
G. Tang1, Y. Wang1, X. Li1, D. Ji1, and X. Gao2
1State Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Boundary Layer Physics and Atmospheric Chemistry (LAPC), Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China
2Tianjin Environmental Monitoring Center, Tianjin 300191, China

Abstract. The Project of Atmospheric Combined Pollution Monitoring over Beijing and its Surrounding Areas, was an intensive field campaign conducted over northern China between June 2009 and September 2011 to provide an in-depth understanding and a comprehensive record of ozone (O3), respirable suspended particulate (PM10), fine particle (PM2.5), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other air pollutants in this quickly developing region of China. In this campaign, 25 stations in an air-quality monitoring network provided regional-scale spatial coverage. In this study, we analyzed the data on O3 and NOx levels obtained at the 22 sites over northern China between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010. Our goal was to investigate the O3 spatial-temporal variations and control strategy in this area. Significant diurnal, and seasonal variations were noted, with the highest concentrations typically found at around 03:00 p.m. (LT) and in June. The lowest concentrations were generally found during early morning hours (around 06:00 a.m.) and in December. Compared with July and August, June has increased photochemical production due to decreasing cloudiness coupled with reduced O3 loss due to less dry deposition, inducing an O3 peak appearing in June. The averaged O3 concentrations were lower in the plains area compared with the mountainous area due to the titration effects of high NOx emissions in urban areas. When the characteristics of O3 pollution in different regions were distinguished by factor analysis, we found high levels of O3 that exceeded China's National Standard throughout the plains areas, especially over Beijing and the surrounding areas. An integrated analysis with emissions data, meteorological data, and topography over northern China found that the meteorological results were the main factors that dominated the spatial variations of O3, with the presence of abundant emissions of precursors in this area. The smog production algorithm and space-based HCHO/NO2 column ratio were used to show the O3-NOx-VOCs sensitivity and examine the control strategy of O3 over northern China. The results show that summer O3 productions in the plains and northern mountainous areas were sensitive to VOCs and NOx, respectively. Our results are helpful for redefining government strategies to control the photochemical formation of air pollutants over northern China and are relevant for developing urban agglomerations worldwide.

Citation: Tang, G., Wang, Y., Li, X., Ji, D., and Gao, X.: Spatial-temporal variations of surface ozone and ozone control strategy for Northern China, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 11, 26057-26109, doi:10.5194/acpd-11-26057-2011, 2011.
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