An analytical investigation of a sequence of unusual springtime ozone episodes over metropolitan Taichung in 2007

Wan Li Cheng, Li Wei Lai, Walter Den, Shu Ying Wang, Pay Liam Lin, Chueh Ying Pai

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Abstract

This study investigated the potential factors contributing to a series of ozone (O 3) episodes in the Taichung metropolis, which occurred during the first half of May 2007. Surface data of the meteorological parameters and air pollutant concentrations, supported by Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration, and vertical data monitored via tethersonde sampling were analysed. The analyses showed that local anthropogenic activities and physical factors such as the sea-air interaction were not the main factors contributing to the O 3 events. Excluding these potential causes, the results suggest that, during the aforementioned period, the stronger Mainland High and Pacific Low may have been responsible for the long-range transport of large quantities of O 3 from Mainland China to Taiwan. Furthermore, O 3 photochemical activity also played an important role in the O 3 episodes. The faster consumption of NO lead to a more rapid increase in the O 3 concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-166
Number of pages14
JournalMeteorology and Atmospheric Physics
Volume117
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012

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