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Title: Ground-level ozone in the Pearl River Delta region : analysis of data from a recently established regional air quality monitoring network
Authors: Zheng, J
Zhong, L
Wang, T 
Louie, PKK
Li, Z
Keywords: Ground-level ozone
HYSPLIT model
Spatial characteristics
Temporal
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Atmospheric environment, 2010, v. 44, no. 6, p. 814-823 How to cite?
Journal: Atmospheric environment 
Abstract: The ambient air quality monitoring data of 2006 and 2007 from a recently established Pearl River Delta (PRD) regional air quality monitoring network are analyzed to investigate the characteristics of ground-level ozone in the region. Four sites covering urban, suburban, rural and coastal areas are selected as representatives for detailed analysis in this paper. The results show that there are distinct seasonal and diurnal cycles in ground-level ozone across the PRD region. Low ozone concentrations are generally observed in summer, while high O3 levels are typically found in autumn. The O3 diurnal variations in the urban areas are larger than those at the rural sites. The O3 concentrations showed no statistically significant difference between weekend and weekdays in contrast to the findings in many other urban areas in the world. The average ozone concentrations are lower in urban areas compared to the sites outside urban centers. Back trajectories are used to show the major air-mass transport patterns and to examine the changes in ozone from the respective upwind sites to a site in the center of the PRD (Wanqingsha). The results show higher average ozone concentrations at the upwind sites in the continental and coastal air masses, but higher 1 h-max O3 concentrations (by 8-16 ppbv) at the center PRD site under each of air-mass category, suggesting that the ozone pollution in the PRD region exhibits both regional and super-regional characteristics.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/8591
ISSN: 1352-2310
EISSN: 1873-2844
DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.11.032
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