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Title: Concurrent observations of air pollutants at two sites in the Pearl River Delta and the implication of regional transport
Authors: Guo, H 
Jiang, F
Cheng, HR
Simpson, IJ
Wang, XM
Ding, AJ
Wang, TJ
Saunders, SM
Wang, T 
Lam, SHM
Blake, DR
Zhang, YL
Xie, M
Issue Date: 2-Oct-2009
Source: Atmospheric chemistry and physics, 2 Oct. 2009, v. 9, no. 19, p. 7343-7360
Abstract: An intensive field measurement study was conducted simultaneously at a site within the inland Pearl River Delta (PRD) region (WQS) and a site in Hong Kong (TC) between 22 October and 1 December 2007. Ambient air pollutants measured included O₃, NO x, CO, SO ₂, NMHCs, and carbonyls. The purpose is to improve our understanding of the interplay among local and regional air pollutants in the Hong Kong area, and the influence of regional transport on local air pollutants. The results indicate that the mean levels of air pollutants at the WQS site were much higher than those at the TC site, except NO x. Thirteen O₃ episode days (daily O₃ peak in excess of 122 ppbv) were monitored at WQS during the study period, while only 2 days were recorded at TC. Diurnal variations of O₃ showed higher nighttime levels of O₃ at TC than at WQS as well as more photochemical activity at WQS than TC. Remarkable differences in diurnal variations were also found between high and low O₃ pollution days at each site, implying that Hong Kong is more acutely VOC-limited than the inland PRD region. Ratio analyses for trace gases and VOCs and back trajectory calculation revealed that the air masses arriving at WQS were more aged due to regional influence, whereas the air masses at TC were mainly affected by local emissions and/or regional transport. In addition, the influence of regional transport from Eastern China on the primary pollutants of Hong Kong was noticeable, whereas the air masses from the inland PRD region (e.g. Dongguan and Huizhou) had significant influence on the air pollutants at WQS, and the anthropogenic emissions in Eastern PRD (e.g. Shenzhen) played an important role on the photochemical ozone pollution in Western Hong Kong. These results confirm that regional and sub-regional transport of air pollution has a complex and significant impact on local air pollutants in this region.
Keywords: Air mass
Atmospheric pollution
Carbon monoxide
Diurnal variation
Nitrogen oxides
Observational method
Pollutant transport
Pollution monitoring
Sulfur dioxide
Volatile organic compound
Publisher: Copernicus GmbH
Journal: Atmospheric chemistry and physics 
ISSN: 1680-7316
EISSN: 1680-7324
DOI: 10.5194/acp-9-7343-2009
Rights: © Author(s) 2009. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
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