Virtual Special Issue on Air Quality in China

Research outputs on air quality in China have skyrocketed in the last fifteen years. For example, the number of papers published in Atmospheric Environment with ‘China’ or major cities in China as keywords, has increased from 6 in 1997 to 157 in 2011. The total number of citations accrued by these papers is close to 24,000 as of November 2012.

This freely available Virtual Special Issue, compiled by one of the journals’ Editor-in-Chief Prof. Chak K. Chan, gives an overview of the accumulation of knowledge in air quality in China. This Virtual Special Issue is composed of 18 papers, including a review and 17 research articles published between 1997 and 2011.

A selection of Atmospheric Environment’s best papers

These papers are selected from a pool of highly cited papers with ‘China’ or major cities in China as keywords in Atmospheric Environment. Preceded by a review paper, they are grouped under the following categories of “Ambient Characterization”, “Atmospheric Processes” and “Emissions”. These papers cover a broad spectrum of topics including chemical and physical characterization of air pollutants (criteria gases, particulate matter, carbonaceous compounds, VOC, POP and toxic pollutants), emission inventory, air quality modeling, regional transport, secondary aerosols and the evaluation of control measures and major intervention events.

Please take a look at this selection of freely available papers at your convenience.

Review paper

Air pollution in mega cities in China
Atmospheric Environment, Volume 42, Pages 1-42, 2008
Chan, C.K., Yao, X.

Ambient Characterization

The characteristics of PM2.5 in Beijing, China
Atmospheric Environment, Volume 35, Pages 4959-4970, 2001
He, K.B., Yang, F.M., Ma, Y.L., Zhang, Q., Yao, X.H., Chan, C.K., Cadle, S., Chan, T., Mulawa, P.

Distribution of particulate- and vapor-phase n-alkanes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in urban atmosphere of Guangzhou, China
Atmospheric Environment, Volume 37, Pages 289-298, 2003
Bi, X.H., Sheng, G.Y., Peng, P., Chen, Y.J., Zhang, Z.Q., Fu, J.M.

Characteristics of carbonaceous aerosol in Pearl River Delta Region, China during 2001 winter period
Atmospheric Environment, Volume 37, Pages 1451-60, 2003
Cao, J.J., Lee, S.C., Ho, K.F., Zhang, X.Y., Zou, S.C., Fung, K., Chow, J.C., Watson, J.G.

Particle-associated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in urban air of Hong Kong
Atmospheric Environment, Volume 37, Pages 5307-5317, 2003
Guo, H., Lee, S.C., Ho, K.F., Wang, X.M., Zou, S.C.

Identification and estimate of biomass burning contribution to the urban aerosol organic carbon concentrations in Beijing
Atmospheric Environment, Volume 38, Pages 1275-82, 2004
Duan, F.K., Liu, X.D., Yu, T., Cachier, H.

The ion chemistry, seasonal cycle, and sources of PM2.5 and TSP aerosol in Shanghai
Atmospheric Environment, Volume 40, Pages 2935-52, 2006
Wang, Y., Zhuang, G.S., Zhang, X.Y., Huang, K., Xu, C., Tang, A.H., Chen, J.M., An, Z.S.

Air quality during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Atmospheric Environment, Volume 41, Pages 480-492, 2007
Streets, D.G., Fu, J.S., Jang, C.J., Hao, J., He, K., Tang, X., Zhang, Y., Wang, Z., Li, Z., Zhang, Q., Wang, L., Wang, B., Yu, C.

C-1-C-8 volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere of Hong Kong: Overview of atmospheric processing and source apportionment
Atmospheric Environment, Volume 41, Pages 1456-72, 2007
Guo, H., So, K. L., Simpson, I. J., Barletta, B., Meinardi, S., Blake, D. R.

Organochlorine pesticides in the atmosphere of Guangzhou and Hong Kong: Regional sources and long-range atmospheric transport
Atmospheric Environment, Volume 41, Pages 3889-3903, 2007
Li, J., Zhang, G., Guo, L., Xu, W., Li, X., Lee, C.S.L., Ding, A., Wang, T.

Atmospheric processes

Formation of nitrate and non-sea-salt sulfate on coarse particles
Atmospheric Environment 33, 4223-33, 1997
Zhuang, H., Chan, C.K., Fang, M., Wexler, A.S.

Regional ozone pollution and observation-based approach for analyzing ozone-precursor relationship during the PRIDE-PRD2004 campaign
Atmospheric Environment 42, 6203-18, 2008
Zhang, Y.H., Su, H., Zhong, L.J., Cheng, Y.F., Zeng, L.M., Wang, X.S., Xiang, Y.R., Wang, J.L., Gao, D.F., Shao, M., Fan, S.J., Liu, S.C.

Measurement of aerosol number size distributions in the Yangtze River delta in China: Formation and growth of particles under polluted conditions
Atmospheric Environment 43, 829-836, 2009
Gao, J., Wang, T., Zhou, X., Wu, W., Wang, W..

Mixing state of biomass burning particles by single particle aerosol mass spectrometer in the urban area of PRD, China
Atmospheric Environment 45, 3447-53, 2011
Bi, X., Zhang, G., Li, L., Wang, X., Li, M., Sheng, G., Fu, J., Zhou, Z.

Emissions

Black carbon emissions in China
Atmospheric Environment 35, 4281-96, 2001
Streets, D.G., Gupta, S., Waldhoff, S.T., Wang, M.Q., Bond, T.C., Bo, Y.Y.

Anthropogenic mercury emissions in China
Atmospheric Environment 39, 7789-7806, 2005
Streets, D.G., Hao, J.M., Wu, Y., Jiang, J.K., Chan, M., Tian, H.Z., Feng, X.B.

Characterization of on-road vehicle emission factors and microenvironmental air quality in Beijing, China
Atmospheric Environment 43, 697-705, 2009
Westerdahl, D., Wang, X., Pan, X., Zhang, K.M.

A highly resolved temporal and spatial air pollutant emission inventory for the Pearl River Delta region, China and its uncertainty assessment
Atmospheric Environment 43, 5112-22, 2009
Zheng, J., Zhang, L., Che, W., Zheng, Z., Yin, S.