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Chapter 1 Conceptual Overview of Hemispheric or Intercontinental Transport

1.6. Chapter storylines

This section provides the storylines of Chapters 2-6, which cover the observational evidence for intercontinental transport of air pollution (ICT), global emissions of trace gases and PM, model simulations of ICT, and the impacts of ICT on human health, ecosystems and the radiative forcing of climate. While this scientific assessment report does not establish policy for air pollution controls, it does demonstrate how ICT can affect compliance with air quality standards, a primary concern for policymakers. Figure 1.9 depicts the linkages between policy, air pollutants, ICT, climate change and air quality standard violations. The following narrative of the figure highlights the key process and indicates the chapters (2-5) that address them.

National and local air pollution control policies regulate the emissions (3) of trace gases and PM relevant for air quality, climate change, or both. Atmospheric chemistry and meteorology remove and transform a portion of the primary emissions, producing secondary pollutants (1, 2, and 4).

Domestic emission and production of air quality species, with a contribution from foreign sources, may lead to exceedances of domestic air quality standards (2, 4, and 5). This figure focuses on air quality standard exceedances rather than average air quality conditions, because from a practical standpoint, exceedances are typically the motivation for changing national and local policies aimed at controlling emissions. Achievement of this goal may partly depend upon foreign policies.

In addition to present influences of policy and emissions on compliance with air quality standards, global climate change will affect future scenarios. While some PM has a negative impact on radiative forcing (i.e. cooling), the net effect of the emission of climate species (see Figure 1.9) is positive radiative forcing which warms the climate (5). A warmer climate can then influence

emissions of climate sensitive trace gases and PM, and alter transport pathways and chemical lifetime and processing (4), with implications for human and ecosystem impacts (5). These climate change effects may influence local, national and foreign air pollution control polices.


Figure 1.9. A depiction of the links between domestic and foreign air pollution control policies, air quality, global climate change, and the role of the intercontinental transport of air pollution. The arrows indicate causal influences (solid single-headed arrows), effects of climate change on climate/AQ species and their feedback on climate (double-headed arrows), a potential climate change influence on hemispheric transport processes (dashed arrow), and influences on policy (dotted arrows). AQ Species (e.g. ozone, PM, CO, NOx, SO2) and Climate Species (e.g. CO2, CH4, ozone, PM, N2O) are the ambient concentrations of trace gases and PM, both emitted directly and produced within the atmosphere. Therefore these ovals contain the influence of anthropogenic and natural emissions, as well as meteorological and chemistry processes. Ozone and PM are found at the intersection of the AQ and Climate Species ovals. HTAP indicates the hemispheric transport of air pollution and includes meteorological processes and chemical transformation processes. The foreign pollution transported to a domestic location may have sources in many different nations.


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Chapter 2

Observational Evidence and Capabilities Related to Intercontinental Transport of Ozone and Particulate Matter

Lead Authors: Kathy Law, David Parrish

Co-authors: Steve Arnold, Elton Chan, Gao Chen, Owen Cooper, Dick Derwent, David Edwards, Dan Jaffe, Dorothy Koch, Paolo Laj, Randall Martin, John Methven, Paul Monks, Stuart Penkett, Joe Prospero, Patricia Quinn, Lorraine Remer, Johannes Staehelin, Rich Scheffe, Akinori Takami, Hiroshi Tanimoto, Valerie Thouret, Solene Turquety, Christian Zdanowicz, Jerry Ziemke

2.1. Introduction

For several decades it has been possible to measure particulate matter, ozone (O3) and their important precursors at even the lowest concentrations found in the most remote regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Even the earliest measurements found that long-range transport exerts a strong influence on these observed concentrations. For example, dust of Asian origin was observed

throughout the North Pacific region [Duce et al., 1980; Prospero, 1979] and studies at the west coast of North America in 1985 identified the influence of Asian emissions on the sulphur budget [Andreae et al., 1988] and on the concentrations of O3, hydrocarbons, and peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN) [Parrish et al., 1992]. It has also been clear since at least the 1980s that increasing anthropogenic emissions of NOx since preindustrial times have led to pronounced ozone concentration increases throughout the Northern Hemisphere [e.g., Crutzen, 1988].

This chapter aims to document observational evidence for the long-range transport of pollutants between continents. The focus is on the transport of O3 and particulate matter (PM) from major emission regions of the Northern Hemisphere and their impact on observed concentrations in downwind receptor regions. This includes trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic transport as well as transport out of Europe and transport to the Arctic. O3 and a certain fraction of PM such as sulphate are secondary pollutants produced from precursor emissions such as carbon monoxide (CO), NOx, and sulphur dioxide (SO2) (see Chapter 1). They are produced close to source regions, especially in the case of PM, before being transported downwind. During transport pollutant concentrations will change due to photochemical production from transported precursors, photochemical and physical loss processes (dry, wet deposition, microphysics) and mixing with air of different composition. Thus, there is no point-to-point relationship between source and receptor. Air masses arriving at a

downwind location will be the result of complex air mass histories, and will include components related to emissions from various source regions.

The signature of long-range pollutant transport in downwind measurements depends on the lifetime of the particular pollutant and the extent to which a pollutant plume mixes with other air masses. For PM and other pollutants with short lifetimes, on the order of a few days, long-range transport between continents is observed in the form of discrete plumes with pollutant concentrations significantly greater than those usually encountered. Often such a plume can be directly attributed to a

The signature of long-range pollutant transport in downwind measurements depends on the lifetime of the particular pollutant and the extent to which a pollutant plume mixes with other air masses. For PM and other pollutants with short lifetimes, on the order of a few days, long-range transport between continents is observed in the form of discrete plumes with pollutant concentrations significantly greater than those usually encountered. Often such a plume can be directly attributed to a

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