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O3 Sensitivity and Contributions of Different NMHC Sources in O3 Formation at Urban and Suburban Sites in Shanghai

Collaborative Innovation Center of Atmospheric Environment and Equipment Technology, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment Monitoring and Pollution Control, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center, Shanghai 200235, China
Nanjing Intelligent Environmental Science and Technology Co., Ltd., Nanjing 211800, China
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Atmosphere 2020, 11(3), 295;
Received: 30 January 2020 / Revised: 13 March 2020 / Accepted: 15 March 2020 / Published: 17 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emissions, Transport and Fate of Pollutants in the Atmosphere)
Ground-level ozone (O3) pollution is still one of the priorities and challenges for air pollution control in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region of China. Understanding the relationship of O3 with its precursors and contributions of different sources in O3 formation is essential for the development of an O3 control strategy. This study analyzed O3 sensitivity to its precursors using a box model based on online observations of O3, non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHCs), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and carbon monoxide (CO) at an urban site and a suburban site in Shanghai in July 2017. Anthropogenic sources of NMHCs were identified using the positive matrix factorization (PMF) receptor model, and then contributions of different sources in O3 formation were estimated by the observation-based model (OBM). The relative incremental reactivity (RIR) values calculated by the OBM suggest that O3 formation at the urban site was in the NMHC-limited regime, while O3 formation at the suburban site tended between the transition regime and the NMHC-limited regime. Vehicular emission and liquefied petrochemical gas (LPG) use or aged air mass were found to be the two largest contributors at the urban and suburban sites in July, followed by paint and solvent use, and the petrochemical industry. However, from the perspective of O3 formation, vehicular emission and paint and solvent use were the largest two contributors at two sites due to the higher RIR values for paint and solvent use. In addition, the influence of transport on O3 sensitivity was identified by comparing O3 sensitivity at the suburban site across two days with different air mass paths. The result revealed that O3 formation in Shanghai is not only related to local emissions but also influenced by emissions from neighboring provinces. These findings on O3–NMHC–NOX sensitivity, contributions of different sources in O3 formation, and influence of transport could be useful for O3 pollution control in the YRD region. Nevertheless, more quantitative analyses on transport and further evaluation of the uncertainty of the OBM are still needed in future. View Full-Text
Keywords: O3; OBM; volatile organic compounds (VOCs); PMF; Shanghai O3; OBM; volatile organic compounds (VOCs); PMF; Shanghai
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Lin, H.; Wang, M.; Duan, Y.; Fu, Q.; Ji, W.; Cui, H.; Jin, D.; Lin, Y.; Hu, K. O3 Sensitivity and Contributions of Different NMHC Sources in O3 Formation at Urban and Suburban Sites in Shanghai. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 295.

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