Constraints on Asian ozone using Aura TES, OMI and Terra MOPITT Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract. Rapid industrialization in Asia in the last two decades has resulted in a significant increase in Asian ozone (O3) pre-cursor emissions with likely a corresponding increase in the export of O3 and its pre-cursors. However, the relationship between this increasing O3, the chemical environment, O3 production efficiency, and the partitioning between anthropogenic and natural precursors is unclear. In this work, we use satellite measurements of O3, CO and NO2 from TES (Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer), MOPITT (Measurement of Pollution In The Troposphere) and OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) to quantify O3 pre-cursor emissions for 2006 and their impact on free-tropospheric O3 over North-East Asia, where pollution is typically exported globally due to strong westerlies. Using the GEOS-Chem global chemical transport model, we show that the modeled seasonal variation of O3 based on these updated O3 pre-cursor emissions is consistent with the observed O3 variability and amount, after accounting for known biases in the TES O3 data. Using the adjoint of GEOS-Chem we then partition the relative contributions of natural and anthropogenic sources to free troposphere O3 in this region. We find that the influence of lightning NOx is important in summer. The contribution from anthropogenic NOx is dominant in other seasons. China is the major contributor of anthropogenic VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), whereas the influence of biogenic VOCs is mainly from Southeast Asia. Our result shows that the influence of India and Southeast Asia emissions on O3 pollution export is significant, comparable with Chinese emisisons in winter and about 50% of Chinese emissions in other seasons.

publication date

  • July 29, 2014

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Date in CU Experts

  • November 3, 2014 10:54 AM

Full Author List

  • Jiang Z; Worden JR; Jones DBA; Lin JT; Verstraeten WW; Henze DK

author count

  • 6

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