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Assessment of emissions data for the Toronto region using aircraft-based measurements and an air quality model

Assessment of emissions data for the Toronto region using aircraft-based measurements and an air quality model

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Title: Assessment of emissions data for the Toronto region using aircraft-based measurements and an air quality model
Author: Plummer, D.A.
McConnell, J.C.
Neary, L.
Kaminski, J.
Drummond, J.
Narayan, J.
Young, V.
Hastie, D.R.
Abstract: An aircraft-based measurement campaign was conducted during the summer of 1996 in the vicinity of Toronto, Canada. The objective of the campaign was to assess the errors in a particular emission inventory used by three-dimensional air quality models. Measurements of NO2 and hydrocarbons were made both upwind and downwind of Toronto, on days with strong synoptic-scale flow from a west to northerly direction. The chemical composition of the background airmass on these days was typical of unpolluted continental air. Measurements have been compared with the output from an on-line air quality model (MC2-AQ) run at 5 km resolution and suggest that emissions of NOx from Toronto are well described in the emission database, though evidence that NOx emissions are underestimated for suburban regions surrounding Toronto was found. In general, no significant underestimation of hydrocarbon emissions was found, though emissions of the model propane species, which includes acetylene and benzene, was underestimated by at least a factor of two.
Subject: Emission inventory
Regional air quality
Modelling
Canada
Ontario
Toronto
Type: Article
Rights: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/homepage.cws_home
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/4154
Published: Elsevier
Citation: Atmospheric Environment, 35, 6453-6463
Date: 2001

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