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modelling the contributions of major uk industrial sources to regional air quality with models 3

Modelling the contributions of major UK industrial sources to regional air quality with Models 3

Ye, Yu, Ranjeet Sokhi, Douglas R Middleton and Bernard Fisher

Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research (CAIR)

Met Office

objectives
Objectives
  • To examine the use of advanced 3D air quality models as a tool for assessing the potential of industrial emissions to create secondary pollutants under different meteorological conditions;
  • To give advice on the application of the Chemical Reactivity Index method in regulation.
method
Method

ECMWF Reanalysis (1 degree resolution, every 6 hour)

MM5

Meteorological Model

MCIP

Meteorology-Chemistry

Interface Processor

CORINE land cover data (100 m resolution)

CMAQ

Community Multiscale Air Quality Modelling System

SMOKE

Emission processor

Biogenic emission

Hourly 3-D Gridded Concentrations

EMEP (A,M)

NAEI (A,M,P)

EPER (P)

reformat

MM5/CMAQ Modelling System

experiment design
Experiment design
  • Simulation periods (three episodes):
  • a. 12 UTC 22 Jun -12 UTC 28 Jun 2001: Summer O3 and NO2 episode (T3)
  • b. 00 UTC 09 Dec – 00 UTC 15 Dec 2001: Winter NO2 episode (T1 &T2))
  • c. 00 UTC 31 Aug. – 00 UTC 04 Sept. 1998: SO2 episode (T1&T2)
cmaq model configuration
CMAQ Model Configuration

Initial and boundary conditions:

Monthly averaged concentrations of species from global 3-D chemical-transport model STOCHEM

Chemical mechanism: CB-IV

26 vertical layers

For Sep. 1998 & Dec. 2001

For June 2001

observed concentrations june 2001
Observed concentrations (June 2001)

Hourly NO2 (left) and O3 (right) concentrations during the June 2001 episode at selected sites.

scatter plots of observed vs modelled o 3 and no 2 concentrations for 3 km resolution
Scatter plots of Observed vs. Modelled O3 and NO2 concentrations for 3 km resolution

Fraction of predictions within a factor of 2 of observations

O3

NO2

53%

82 %

contribution of industrial point sources to near surface o 3 june 2001
Contribution of industrial point sources to near surface O3 (June 2001)

daily maximum (top); daily maximum 8-h mean (bottom)

contribution of industrial point sources to near surface no2 daily maximum no 2
Contribution of industrial point sources to near surface NO2 (Daily maximum NO2)

June 2001 (top); Dec. 2001 (bottom)

contribution of industrial point sources to ambient pollution levels daily maximum so 2
Contribution of industrial point sources to ambient pollution levels (Daily maximum SO2)

June 2001 (top); Sept. 1998 (bottom)

percentage contribution of all uk point sources to near surface pollutant concentrations
Percentage contribution of all UK point sources to near surface pollutant concentrations

Percentage contribution=(Exp. A-Exp. B)/Exp. A

conclusions
Conclusions
  • CMAQ is able to give information on the quantity of point source contributions to near surface pollutant concentrations and its spatial distribution. These information will help the Agency to identify the most affected areas and the most important pollutant to regulate.
  • On average, point source emissions have the largest contribution to near surface SO2 concentrations, followed by NO2. The overall contribution of point source emissions to ground level O3 is very low and negative especially for the winter episode.
  • Weather and meteorological conditions can significantly affect the degree of contributions from point source emissions, suggesting that regulatory control of emissions from industrial sources is essential to abate pollution levels under particular meteorological conditions.
voc nox and h2o2 noz 3km resolution
VOC/NOx and H2O2/NOz (3km resolution)

VOC= PAR+2OLE+2ETH+2ALD2+7TOL+8XYL+5ISOP+FORM

NOz = PAN + HONO + HNO3 + NO3 + N2O5

conclusion
Conclusion
  • The O3 and NO2 concentrations in plumes simulated by CMAQ captured several qualitative behaviour of chemistry in the plume that is common in NAME III results. For example the formation of raised NO2 in the plume at night, the removal of ozone in the plume region by titration with NO, and the formation of ozone further downwind point sources if sufficient hydrocarbons are available.
no2 versus nox hourly
[NO2] versus [NOx] (hourly)

June, 2001

Kingsnorth power station

conclusions1
Conclusions
  • The CMAQ results confirm the sensitivity of [NO2] and [NO2]:[NOx] to day or night seen in NAME III results and extends it to include the dependence on weather and meteorological conditions
  • By selecting representative background [O3], the enclosing curves derived from NAME III encompass most of the data point of CMAQ results.
  • The results also show that different model runs all tend to suggest that the empirical curves from urban monitoring data are tending to underestimate the amount of NO2 presented in model simulations
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