Ozone response to emission changes: a modeling study during the MCMA-2006/MILAGRO campaign

J. Song, W. Lei, N. Bei, M. Zavala, B. de Foy, R. Volkamer, B. Cardenas, J. Zheng, R. Zhang, L. T. Molina
2009 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions  
The sensitivity of ozone production to precursor emissions was investigated under five different meteorological conditions in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA) during the MCMA-2006/MILAGRO field campaign using the gridded photochemical model CAMx driven by observation-nudged WRF meteorology. Precursor emissions were constrained by the comprehensive data from the field campaign and the routine ambient air quality monitoring network. Simulated plume mixing and transport were examined by
more » ... were examined by comparing with measurements from the G-1 aircraft during the campaign. The observed concentrations of ozone precursors and ozone were reasonably well reproduced by the model. The effects of reducing precursor emissions on urban ozone production were performed for three representative emission control scenarios. A 50% reduction in VOC emissions led to 7 to 22 ppb decrease in daily maximum ozone concentrations, while a 50% reduction in NO x emissions leads to 4 to 21 ppb increase, and 50% reductions in both NO x and VOC emission decrease the daily maximum ozone concentrations up to 10 ppb. These results along with a chemical indicator analysis using the chemical production ratios of H 2 O 2 to HNO 3 demonstrate that the MCMA urban core region is VOC-limited for all meteorological episodes, which is consistent with the results from MCMA-2003 field campaign; however the degree of the VOC-sensitivity is higher during MCMA-2006 due to lower VOCs, lower VOC Correspondence to: W. Lei (wflei@mce2.org) reactivity and moderately higher NO x emissions. Ozone formation in the surrounding mountain/rural area is mostly NO x -limited, but can be VOC-limited, and the range of the NO x -limited or VOC-limited areas depends on meteorology.
doi:10.5194/acpd-9-23419-2009 fatcat:fnaovfyle5gttjvxzf4v7q2lca