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Research article 06 Nov 2018

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Rapid formation of intense haze episode in Beijing

Yonghong Wang1,2, Yuesi Wang1,5, Guiqian Tang1, Tao Song1, Putian Zhou2, Zirui Liu1, Bo Hu1, Dongshen Ji1, Lili Wang1, Xiaowan Zhu1, Chao Yan2, Mikael Ehn2, Wenkang Gao1, Yuepeng Pan1, Jinyuan Xin1, Yang Sun1, Veli-Matti Kerminen2, Markku Kulmala2,3,4, and Tuukka Petäjä2,3,4 Yonghong Wang et al.
  • 1State Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Boundary Layer Physics and Atmospheric Chemistry (LAPC), Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China
  • 2Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research/Physics, Faculty of Science, P.O. Box 64, 00014 University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • 3Joint international research Laboratory of Atmospheric and Earth SysTem sciences (JirLATEST), Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
  • 4Aerosol and Haze Laboratory, Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Soft Matter Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), Beijing, China
  • 5Centre for Excellence in Atmospheric Urban Environment, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Science, Xiamen, Fujian 361021, China

Abstract. Although much efforts have been put on studying air pollution, our knowledge on the mechanisms of frequently occurred intense haze episodes in China is still limited. In this study, using three years of measurements of air pollutants at three different height levels on a 325-meter Beijing meteorology tower, we found that a positive particulate matter-boundary layer feedback mechanism existed at three vertical observation heights during intense haze polluted periods within the mixing layer. This feedback was characterized by a higher loading of PM2.5 with a shallower mixing layer. Measurements showed that the feedback was related to the decrease of solar radiation, turbulent kinetic energy and thereby suppression of the mixing layer. The feedback mechanism can explain the rapid formation of intense haze episodes to some extent, and we suggest that the feedback mechanism should be considered in air quality models for better predictions.

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We found a positive particle matter-mixing layer height feedback at three observation platforms at 325-meter Beijing meteorology tower, which is characterized by a shallower mixing layer height and a higher particle matter concentration. Measurements of solar radiation, aerosol chemical composition, meteorology parameters, trace gases and turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) could explain the feedback mechanism to some extent and we suggest this feedback should be considered in air quality models.
We found a positive particle matter-mixing layer height feedback at three observation platforms...