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Chemical and dynamical identification of emission outflows during the HALO campaign EMeRGe in Europe and Asia

Förster, Eric ORCID iD icon 1; Bönisch, Harald 1; Neumaier, Marco ORCID iD icon 1; Obersteiner, Florian 1; Zahn, Andreas 1; Hilboll, Andreas; Kalisz Hedegaard, Anna B.; Daskalakis, Nikos; Poulidis, Alexandros Panagiotis; Vrekoussis, Mihalis; Lichtenstern, Michael; Braesicke, Peter 1
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Spurenstoffe und Fernerkundung (IMK-ASF), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The number of large urban agglomerations is steadily increasing worldwide. At a local scale, their emissions lead to air pollution, directly affecting people's health. On a global scale, their emissions lead to an increase of greenhouse gases, affecting climate. In this context, in 2017 and 2018, the airborne campaign EMeRGe (Effect of Megacities on the transport and transformation of pollutants on the Regional to Global scales) investigated emissions of European and Asian major population centres (MPCs) to improve the understanding and predictability of pollution outflows. Here, we present two methods to identify and characterise pollution outflows probed during EMeRGe. First, we use a set of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as chemical tracers to characterise air masses by specific source signals, i.e. benzene from anthropogenic pollution of targeted regions, acetonitrile from biomass burning (BB, primarily during EMeRGe-Asia), and isoprene from fresh biogenic signals (primarily during EMeRGe-Europe. Second, we attribute probed air masses to source regions and estimate their individual contribution by constructing and applying a simple emission uptake scheme for the boundary layer which combines FLEXTRA back trajectories and EDGAR carbon monoxide (CO) emission rates (acronyms are provided in the Appendix). ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000156342
Veröffentlicht am 02.03.2023
DOI: 10.5194/acp-23-1893-2023
Zitationen: 5
Zitationen: 5
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Spurenstoffe und Fernerkundung (IMK-ASF)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2023
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1680-7316, 1680-7324
KITopen-ID: 1000156342
HGF-Programm 12.11.13 (POF IV, LK 01) Long-term trends of global atmospheric composition
Erschienen in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Verlag European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Band 23
Heft 3
Seiten 1893–1918
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