Multi-scale modeling study of the source contributions to near-surface ozone...

Huang, M., G. Carmichael, S. N. Spak, B. Adhikary, S. Kulkarni, Y. Cheng, C. Wei, Y. Tang, A. D’Allura, P. Wennberg, L. G. Huey, J. Dibb, J. Jimenez-Palacios, M. J. Cubison, A. Weinheimer, A. Kaduwela, C. Cai, M. Wong, B. Pierce, J. Al-Saadi, D. Streets, and Q. Zhang (2011), Multi-scale modeling study of the source contributions to near-surface ozone and sulfur oxides levels over California during the ARCTAS-CARB period, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 3173-3194, doi:10.5194/acp-11-3173-2011.

Chronic high surface ozone (O3 ) levels and the increasing sulfur oxides (SOx = SO2 +SO4 ) ambient concentrations over South Coast (SC) and other areas of California (CA) are affected by both local emissions and long-range transport. In this paper, multi-scale tracer, full-chemistry and adjoint simulations using the STEM atmospheric chemistry model are conducted to assess the contribution of local emission sourcesto SC O3 and to evaluate the impacts of transported sulfur and local emissions on the SC sulfur budgetduring the ARCTAS-CARB experiment period in 2008. Sensitivity simulations quantify contributions of biogenic and fire emissions to SC O3 levels. California biogenic and fire emissions contribute 3–4 ppb to near-surface O3 over SC, with larger contributions to other regions in CA. During a longrange transport event from Asia starting from 22 June, high SOx levels (up to ∼0.7 ppb of SO2 and ∼1.3 ppb of SO4 ) is observed above ∼6 km, but they did not affect CA surface air quality. The elevated SOx observed at 1–4 km is estimated to enhance surface SOx over SC by ∼0.25 ppb (upper limit) on ∼24 June. The near-surface SOx levels over SC during the flight week are attributed mostly to local emissions. Two anthropogenic SOx emission inventories (EIs) from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are compared and applied in 60 km and 12 km chemical transport simulations, and the results are compared withobservations. The CARB EI shows improvements over the National Emission Inventory (NEI) by EPA, but generally underestimates surface SC SOx by about a factor of two. Adjoint sensitivity analysis indicated that SO2 levels at 00:00 UTC (17:00 local time) at six SC surface sites were influenced by previous day maritime emissions over the ocean, the terrestrial emissions over nearby urban areas, and by transported SO2 from the north through both terrestrial and maritime areas. Overall maritime emissions contribute

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