Large-scale synoptic drivers of co-occurring summertime ozone and PM.sub.2.5 pollution in eastern China.

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Date: June 15, 2021
From: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics(Vol. 21, Issue 11)
Publisher: Copernicus GmbH
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 337 words

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Surface ozone (O.sub.3) pollution during summer (June-August) over eastern China has become more severe in recent years, resulting in a co-occurrence of surface O.sub.3 and PM.sub.2.5 (particulate matter with aerodynamic diameters [less than or equal to] 2.5 µm in the air) pollution. However, the mechanisms regarding how the synoptic weather pattern (SWP) might influence this compound pollution remain unclear. In this study, we applied the T-mode principal component analysis (T-PCA) method to objectively classify the occurrence of four SWPs over eastern China, based on the geopotential heights at 500 hPa during summer (2015-2018). These four SWPs over eastern China were closely related to the western Pacific subtropical high (WPSH), exhibiting significant intra-seasonal and interannual variations. Based on ground-level air quality observations, remarkable spatial and temporal disparities of surface O.sub.3 and PM.sub.2.5 pollution were also found under the four SWPs. In particular, there were two SWPs that were sensitive to compound pollution (Type 1 and Type 2). Type 1 was characterized by a stable WPSH ridge with its axis at about 22.sup." N and the rain belt located south of the Yangtze River Delta (YRD); Type 2 also exhibited WPSH dominance (ridge axis at ⼠25.sup." N) but with the rain belt (over the YRD) at a higher latitude compared to Type 1. In general, SWPs have played an important role as driving factors of surface O.sub.3 -PM.sub.2.5 compound pollution in a regional context. Our findings demonstrate the important role played by SWPs in driving regional surface O.sub.3 -PM.sub.2.5 compound pollution, in addition to the large quantities of emissions, and may also provide insights into the regional co-occurring high levels of both PM.sub.2.5 and O.sub.3 via the effects of certain meteorological factors.

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