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12 Sep 2017
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Investigations of Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Precursors SO2 and NO2 Vertical Columns in North China Plain by Mobile DOAS
Fengcheng Wu1, Pinhua Xie1,3,4, Ang Li1, Fusheng Mou1, Hao Chen1, Yi Zhu2, Tong Zhu2, Jianguo Liu1, and Wenqing Liu1 1Key Laboratory of Environmental Optical and Technology, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, 230031, China
2State Key Laboratory of Environmental Simulation and Pollution Control, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, 100871, China
3Center for Excellence in Regional Atmospheric Environment, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen, 361021, China
4School of Environmental Science and Optoelectronic Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, 230026, China
Abstract. Recently, Chinese cities have suffered severe events of haze air pollution, particularly in the North China Plain (NCP). Investigating the temporal and spatial distribution of pollutants, emissions, and pollution transport is necessary to better understand the effect of various sources on air quality. We report on mobile differential optical absorption spectroscopy (mobile DOAS) observations of precursors SO2 and NO2 vertical columns in NCP in summer of 2013 (from 11 June to 7 July) in this study. The different temporal and spatial distributions of SO2 and NO2 vertical column density (VCD) over this area are characterized under various wind fields. The results show that the transport from southern NCP strongly affects the air quality in Beijing, and the transport route, particularly SO2 transport of Shijiazhuang–Baoding–Beijing is identified. In addition, the major contributors to SO2 along the route of Shijiazhuang–Baoding–Beijing are elevated sources and low area sources for the route of Dezhou–Cangzhou–Tianjin–Beijing are found using the interrelated analysis between in situ and mobile DOAS observations during the measurement periods. Furthermore, the discussion of hot spot near Ji’nan City shows that the average observed width of polluted air mass is 11.83 km and 17.23 km associated with air mass diffusion, which is approximately 60 km away from emission sources based on geometrical estimation. Finally, a reasonable agreement exists between OMI and mobile DOAS observations with correlation coefficient (R2) of 0.65 for NO2 VCDs. Both datasets also have similar spatial pattern. The fitted slop of 0.55 is significantly less than unity can reflect the contamination of local sources and OMI observations need to improve the sensitivities to the near-surface emission sources through the improvements of retrieval algorithm or resolution of satellites.

Citation: Wu, F., Xie, P., Li, A., Mou, F., Chen, H., Zhu, Y., Zhu, T., Liu, J., and Liu, W.: Investigations of Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Precursors SO2 and NO2 Vertical Columns in North China Plain by Mobile DOAS, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.,, in review, 2017.
Fengcheng Wu et al.
Fengcheng Wu et al.
Fengcheng Wu et al.


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