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Title: Source apportionments of aerosols and their direct radiative forcing and long-term trends over continental United States

Abstract

Due to US air pollution regulations, aerosol and precursor emissions have decreased during recent decades, while changes in emissions in other regions of the world also influence US aerosol trends through long-range transport. We examine here the relative roles of these domestic and foreign emission changes on aerosol concentrations and direct radiative forcing (DRF) at the top of the atmosphere over the continental US. Long-term (1980-2014) trends and aerosol source apportionment are quantified in this study using a global aerosol-climate model equipped with an explicit aerosol source tagging technique. Due to US emission control policies, the annual mean near-surface concentration of particles, consisting of sulfate, black carbon, and primary organic aerosol, decreases by about –1.1 (±0.1) / –1.4 (±0.1) μg m -3 in western US and –3.3 (±0.2) / –2.9 (±0.2) μg m -3 in eastern US during 2010–2014, as compared to those in 1980–1984. Meanwhile, decreases in US emissions lead to a warming of +0.48 (±0.03) / –0.46 (±0.03) W m -2 in western US and +1.41 (±0.07) /+1.32 (±0.09) W m -2 in eastern US through changes in aerosol DRF. Increases in emissions from East Asia generally have a modest impact on US air quality, but mitigated themore » warming effect induced by reductions in US emissions by 25% in western US and 7% in eastern US. Thus, as US domestic aerosol and precursor emissions continue to decrease, foreign emissions may become increasingly important to radiative forcing over the US.« less

Authors:
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  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Atmospheric Science and Global Change Div. (ASGC)
  2. Joint Global Change Research Inst. (JGCRI), College Park, MD (United States)
  3. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, MD (United States)
  4. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, MD (United States); Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States). Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
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Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23). Climate and Environmental Sciences Division; National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA); USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1440340
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1441048
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-129873
Journal ID: ISSN 2328-4277
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC0576RL01830; NNH15AZ64I
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Earth's Future
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2328-4277
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Aerosol; Source Apportionment; Radiative Forcing; Long‐Term Trends; Air Quality; Emission

Citation Formats

Yang, Yang, Wang, Hailong, Smith, Steven J., Zhang, Rudong, Lou, Sijia, Yu, Hongbin, Li, Can, and Rasch, Philip J. Source apportionments of aerosols and their direct radiative forcing and long-term trends over continental United States. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1029/2018EF000859.
Yang, Yang, Wang, Hailong, Smith, Steven J., Zhang, Rudong, Lou, Sijia, Yu, Hongbin, Li, Can, & Rasch, Philip J. Source apportionments of aerosols and their direct radiative forcing and long-term trends over continental United States. United States. doi:10.1029/2018EF000859.
Yang, Yang, Wang, Hailong, Smith, Steven J., Zhang, Rudong, Lou, Sijia, Yu, Hongbin, Li, Can, and Rasch, Philip J. Wed . "Source apportionments of aerosols and their direct radiative forcing and long-term trends over continental United States". United States. doi:10.1029/2018EF000859. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1440340.
@article{osti_1440340,
title = {Source apportionments of aerosols and their direct radiative forcing and long-term trends over continental United States},
author = {Yang, Yang and Wang, Hailong and Smith, Steven J. and Zhang, Rudong and Lou, Sijia and Yu, Hongbin and Li, Can and Rasch, Philip J.},
abstractNote = {Due to US air pollution regulations, aerosol and precursor emissions have decreased during recent decades, while changes in emissions in other regions of the world also influence US aerosol trends through long-range transport. We examine here the relative roles of these domestic and foreign emission changes on aerosol concentrations and direct radiative forcing (DRF) at the top of the atmosphere over the continental US. Long-term (1980-2014) trends and aerosol source apportionment are quantified in this study using a global aerosol-climate model equipped with an explicit aerosol source tagging technique. Due to US emission control policies, the annual mean near-surface concentration of particles, consisting of sulfate, black carbon, and primary organic aerosol, decreases by about –1.1 (±0.1) / –1.4 (±0.1) μg m-3 in western US and –3.3 (±0.2) / –2.9 (±0.2) μg m-3 in eastern US during 2010–2014, as compared to those in 1980–1984. Meanwhile, decreases in US emissions lead to a warming of +0.48 (±0.03) / –0.46 (±0.03) W m-2 in western US and +1.41 (±0.07) /+1.32 (±0.09) W m-2 in eastern US through changes in aerosol DRF. Increases in emissions from East Asia generally have a modest impact on US air quality, but mitigated the warming effect induced by reductions in US emissions by 25% in western US and 7% in eastern US. Thus, as US domestic aerosol and precursor emissions continue to decrease, foreign emissions may become increasingly important to radiative forcing over the US.},
doi = {10.1029/2018EF000859},
journal = {Earth's Future},
number = 6,
volume = 6,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {5}
}

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Table 1 Table 1: Differences in contributions from US, non-US and East Asia emissions to near-surface concentrations and DRF at the TOA over four sub-regions of US between 1980–1984 and 2010–2014. Standard deviation for the inter-annual temporal variation is also provided.

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