Title: Impacts of climate change on surface ozone and intercontinental ozone pollution: A multi-model study
Authors: DOHERTY R. M.WILD OliverSHINDELL D. T.ZENG GuangMACKENZIE I. A.COLLINS W.j.FIORE A. M.STEVENSON D. S.DENTENER FranciscusSCHULTZ MartinHESS PeterDerwent R.G.KEATING T.
Citation: JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES vol. 118 no. 9 p. 3744-3763
Publisher: AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC90925
ISSN: 2169-897X
URI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jgrd.50266/abstract
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC90925
DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50266
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The impact of climate change between 2000 and 2095 SRES A2 climates on surface ozone (O)3 and on O3 source-receptor (S-R) relationships is quantified using three coupled climate-chemistry models (CCMs). The CCMs exhibit considerable variability in the spatial extent and location of surface O3 increases that occur within parts of high NOx emission source regions (up to 6 ppbv in the annual average and up to 14 ppbv in the season of maximum O3). In these source regions, all three CCMs show a positive relationship between surface O3 change and temperature change. Sensitivity simulations show that a combination of three individual chemical processes—(i) enhanced PAN decomposition, (ii) higher water vapor concentrations, and (iii) enhanced isoprene emission—largely reproduces the global spatial pattern of annual-mean surface O3 response due to climate change (R2 = 0.52). Changes in climate are found to exert a stronger control on the annual-mean surface O3 response through changes in climate-sensitive O3 chemistry than through changes in transport as evaluated from idealized CO-like tracer concentrations. All three CCMs exhibit a similar spatial pattern of annual-mean surface O3 change to 20% regional O3 precursor emission reductions under future climate compared to the same emission reductions applied under present-day climate. The surface O3 response to emission reductions is larger over the source region and smaller downwind in the future than under present-day conditions. All three CCMs show areas within Europe where regional emission reductions larger than 20% are required to compensate climate change impacts on annual-mean surface O3.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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