Identification of nitrogen dioxide and ozone source regions for an urban area in Korea using back trajectory analysis

Kowsalya Vellingiri, Ki Hyun Kim, Jong Myoung Lim, Jin Hong Lee, Chang Jin Ma, Byong Hun Jeon, Jong Ryeul Sohn, Pawan Kumar, Chang Hee Kang

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Abstract

The NO2 and O3 in an urban background site of Seoul, Korea (Yongsan), were analyzed using hourly data collected from 2005 to 2013. The potential role of meteorological parameters in controlling air quality at the receptor site was analyzed using a conditional probability function. In addition, the relative contributions of such variables were examined for special cases (i.e., more than 60 ppb of NO2 and O3) with the help of trajectory. A potential source contribution function with a grid size resolution of 0.25° × 0.25° was used to determine the potential exogenous sources of NO2 and O3 for the study area. The results of both the trajectory and potential source contribution function analyses suggest that both the northern China region and local emission sources are the most influential source pathways contributing to the recent increase in NO2 concentration at the study site. In the case of O3, this role was shared by both oceanic and mountainous regions of China and Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-221
Number of pages10
JournalAtmospheric Research
Volume176-177
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 1

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Keywords

  • NO
  • O
  • PSCF
  • Trajectories
  • Transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science

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Vellingiri, K., Kim, K. H., Lim, J. M., Lee, J. H., Ma, C. J., Jeon, B. H., Sohn, J. R., Kumar, P., & Kang, C. H. (2016). Identification of nitrogen dioxide and ozone source regions for an urban area in Korea using back trajectory analysis. Atmospheric Research, 176-177, 212-221. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2016.02.022