Aerosol source attributions and source-receptor relationships across the Northern Hemisphere ---- initial results from HTAP2 model experiments

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Huisheng Bian1, Mian Chin2, Tom L Kuscera2, Omar Torres2 and Xiaohua Pan2, (1)NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (2)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States
Emissions and long-range transport of air pollution pose major concerns on air quality and climate change. To better assess the impact of intercontinental transport of air pollution on regional and global air quality, ecosystems, and near-term climate change, the UN Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution (HTAP) is organizing a phase II activity (HTAP2) that includes global and regional model experiments and data analysis, focusing on ozone and aerosols. This study presents the initial results of HTAP2 global aerosol modeling experiments. We will (a) evaluate the model results with surface and aircraft measurements, (b) examine the relative contributions of regional emission and extra-regional source on surface PM concentrations and column aerosol optical depth (AOD) over several NH pollution and dust source regions and the Arctic, and (c) quantify the source-receptor relationships in the pollution regions that reflect the sensitivity of regional aerosol amount to the regional and extra-regional emission reductions.