Special Issue: Progress and prospects of atmospheric environmental sciences in China

Impact of emission control on regional air quality: An observational study of air pollutants before, during and after the Beijing Olympic Games

Shulan Wang , Jian Gao* , Yuechong Zhang , Jingqiao Zhang , Fahe Cha , Tao Wang , Chun Ren , Wenxing Wang


Received ,Revised , Accepted , Available online January 09, 2014

Volume 26,2014,Pages 175-180

An observational study on trace gases and PM2.5 was conducted at three sites in and around Beijing, during the Olympic season from 2007 to 2009. Air quality improved significantly during the Olympic Games due to the special emission control measures. However, concentrations of the primary pollutants and PM were found to have risen significantly after the Games. Although the major O3 precursors (NOx and VOCs) were well controlled during the Olympic season, O3 was still found to be the highest in 2008, based on the data of ground-based observation. All this information suggests that while control of regional emissions for the Beijing Olympic Games did improved the air quality in Beijing, more efforts will be needed for the continuous improvement of regional air quality, especially for significant reductions of O3 and fine particulate pollution, and not only in Beijing, but also in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

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