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13 Nov 2017
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Assessment of inter-city transport of particulate matter in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region
Xing Chang1, Shuxiao Wang1,2, Bin Zhao3, Siyi Cai1, and Jiming Hao1,2 1State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
2State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Sources and Control of Air Pollution Complex, Beijing 100084, China
3Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering and Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Abstract. The regional transport of PM2.5 plays an important role in the air quality over the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) region in China. However, previous studies on regional transport of PM2.5 are mainly at province level, which is insufficient for the development of an optimal joint PM2.5 control strategy. In this study, we calculate PM2.5 inflows and outflows through the administrative boundaries of three major cities in the BTH region, i.e. Beijing, Tianjin and Shijiazhuang, using the WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting model) – CMAQ (Community Multiscale Air Quality) modelling system. The monthly average inflow fluxes indicate the major directions of PM2.5 transport. For Beijing, the PM2.5 inflow fluxes from Zhangjiakou (on the northwest) and Baoding (on the southwest) constitute 57 % of the total in winter, and Langfang (on the southeast) and Baoding constitute 73 % in summer. Based on the net PM2.5 fluxes and their vertical distributions, we find there are three major transport pathways in the BTH region: the Northwest-Southeast pathway in winter (at all levels below 1000 m), the Southeast-Northwest pathway in summer (at all levels below 1000 m), and the Southwest-Northeast pathway both in winter and in summer (mainly at 400–1000 m). In winter, even if surface wind speeds are small, the transport at above 400 m could still be strong. Among the three pathways, the Southwest-Northeast happens along with PM2.5 concentrations 30 % and 55 % higher than the monthly average in winter and summer, respectively. Analysis of two heavy pollution episodes in January and July in Beijing show a much stronger (8–16 times) transport than the monthly average, emphasizing the joint air pollution control of the cities located on the transport pathways, especially during heavy pollution episodes.
Citation: Chang, X., Wang, S., Zhao, B., Cai, S., and Hao, J.: Assessment of inter-city transport of particulate matter in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.,, in review, 2017.
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The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region in China has been suffering from a severe particulate matter pollution, and the inter-city transport of the pollutant plays an important role. The current research quantitatively assesses the transport process. We identify three tranport pathways, among which the Southwest-Northwest one happens in both winter and summer. The transport is stronger at 400–1000 m or in heavy polluted days. The result may guide the joint emission control along the transport pathways.
The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region in China has been suffering from a severe particulate matter...