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Research article 13 Aug 2018

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Anthropogenic Fine Particulate Matter Pollution Will Be Exacerbated in Eastern China Due to 21st-Century GHG Warming

Huopo Chen1,2, Huijun Wang2,1, Jianqi Sun1,2, Yangyang Xu3, and Zhicong Yin2 Huopo Chen et al.
  • 1Nansen-Zhu International Research Centre, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • 2Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters, Nanjing University for Information Science and Technology, Nanjing, China
  • 3Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station Texas, USA

Abstract. China has experienced a substantial increase in severe haze events over the past several decades, which is primarily attributed to the increased pollutant emissions caused by its rapid economic development. The climate changes observed under the warming scenarios, especially those induced by increases in greenhouse gases (GHG), are also conducive to the increase in air pollution. However, how the air pollution changes in response to the GHG warming has not been thoroughly elucidated to date. We investigate this change using the century-long large ensemble simulations with the Community Earth System Model 1 (CESM1) with the fixed anthropogenic emissions at the year 2005. Our results show that although the aerosol emission is assumed to be a constant throughout the experiment, anthropogenic air pollution presents robust positive responses to the GHG-induced warming, with an increase of approximately 68% to be observed in the most severe days at the end of the 21st century. Further research indicates that the increased stagnation days and the decreased light precipitation days are the primary causes of the increase in PM2.5 concentration, as well as the anthropogenic air pollution days. Estimation shows that the effect of climate change induced by the GHG warming can account for 11%–28% of the changes in anthropogenic air pollution days over eastern China. Therefore, in the future, more stringent regulations on regional air pollution emissions are needed to balance the effect from climate change.

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Our results show here the severe air pollution days over eastern China would increase by approximately 68 % at the end of 21st century even though the aerosol emission being constant throughout the experiment. Furthermore, estimation shows that the effect of climate change induced by the GHG warming can account for 11–28 % of the changes of anthropogenic air pollution days over this region.
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