Relationships between regional ozone pollution and emissions of nitrogen oxides in the eastern United States

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This study examines the relationships between regional ozone (O 3 ) pollution and emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO x ) in the eastern United States during summer. Using measurements from rural sites during the summer of 1995, three 4-day time periods are identified during which significant enhancements of surface O 3 occurred on spatial scales ranging from 0.5 to 1.8 million km 2 . Each of these episodes was characterized by relatively stagnant meteorological conditions conducive to the photochemical formation and accumulation of O 3 in the boundary layer. The surface ozone accumulation efficiency (SOAE), a parameter which relates the O 3 accumulation to the NO x emission density in a given region, is estimated to range from 1 to 2 ppbv O 3 kg -1 N km -2 in the eastern United States during summer. This result is discussed in the context of regional NO x -based O 3 control strategies. In addition, the net ozone production efficiency (OPE) is estimated to range from 2 to 3 ppbv O 3 ppbv -1 NO x in this region. Copyright 1998 by the American Geophysical Union.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kasibhatla, P; Chameides, WL; Saylor, RD; Olerud, D

Published Date

  • September 20, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 103 / D17

Start / End Page

  • 22663 - 22669

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0148-0227

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1029/98JD01639

Citation Source

  • Scopus