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A Monitoring and Modeling Study to Investigate Regional Transport and Characteristics of PM2.5 Pollution

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Volume: 13 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 943-956
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2012.09.0242

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Lang, J., Cheng, S., Li, J., Chen, D., Zhou, Y., Wei, X., Han, L. and Wang, H. (2013). A Monitoring and Modeling Study to Investigate Regional Transport and Characteristics of PM2.5 Pollution. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 13: 943-956. doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2012.09.0242.

Jianlei Lang1, Shuiyuan Cheng 1, Jianbing Li2, Dongsheng Chen1, Ying Zhou1, Xiao Wei1, Lihui Han1, Haiyan Wang1

  • 1 College of Environmental & Energy Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China
  • 2 Environmental Engineering Program, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, British Columbia V2N 4Z9, Canada


In this study, the regional transport and characteristics of PM2.5 pollution were examined through a case study in Beijing, China. The results from an intensive monitoring program indicate that the inorganic particles (sulfate, nitrate, and ammonium), organic carbons, and the elements accounted for 35.5, 24.2, and 15.3% of the total PM2.5 on an annual average basis, respectively. The proportions of such PM2.5 components also showed clear seasonal variations. An integrated MM5-CMAQ modeling system was then developed to examine the regional transport of PM2.5 and its components in Beijing within four typical months of 2010. The results indicate that the annual average total trans-boundary contribution ratio (TBCR) is 42.2, 46.3, 77.4, and 61.6% for the concentrations of PM2.5, sulfate, nitrate, and ammonium, respectively. A logarithmic relationship was found between the total TBCR and the PM2.5 concentrations in Beijing for different seasons. Further investigations showed that trans-boundary transport played a major role in Beijing’s PM2.5 concentrations during the period of high pollution levels, with an annual average TBCR of 54.6%. As a result, the control of PM2.5 pollution in Beijing needs effective cooperation between Beijing and its surrounding regions, especially during periods of heavy pollution.


Trans-boundary transport Beijing Emission contribution MM5-CMAQ Air quality

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