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Ammonia emissions in Europe, part II: How ammonia emission abatement strategies affect secondary aerosols

Backes, Anna and Aulinger, Armin and Bieser, Johannes and Matthias, Volker and Quante, Markus (2016) Ammonia emissions in Europe, part II: How ammonia emission abatement strategies affect secondary aerosols. Atmospheric Environment, 126, pp. 153-161. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.11.039. ISSN 1352-2310.

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S135223101530546X


In central Europe, ammonium sulphate and ammonium nitrate make up a large fraction of fine particles which pose a threat to human health. Most studies on air pollution through particulate matter investigate the influence of emission reductions of sulphur- and nitrogen oxides on aerosol concentration. Here, we focus on the influence of ammonia (NH3) emissions. Emission scenarios have been created on the basis of the improved ammonia emission parameterization implemented in the SMOKE for Europe and CMAQ model systems described in part I of this study. This includes emissions based on future European legislation (the National Emission Ceilings) as well as a dynamic evaluation of the influence of different agricultural sectors (e.g. animal husbandry) on particle formation. The study compares the concentrations of NH3, View the MathML sourceNH4+, NO3 -, sulphur compounds and the total concentration of particles in winter and summer for a political-, technical- and behavioural scenario. It was found that a reduction of ammonia emissions by 50% lead to a 24% reduction of the total PM2.5 concentrations in northwest Europe. The observed reduction was mainly driven by reduced formation of ammonium nitrate. Moreover, emission reductions during winter had a larger impact than during the rest of the year. This leads to the conclusion that a reduction of the ammonia emissions from the agricultural sector related to animal husbandry could be more efficient than the reduction from other sectors due to its larger share in winter ammonia emissions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/105751/
Document Type:Article
Title:Ammonia emissions in Europe, part II: How ammonia emission abatement strategies affect secondary aerosols
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Backes, AnnaHelmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, GeesthachtUNSPECIFIED
Aulinger, ArminHelmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, GeesthachtUNSPECIFIED
Matthias, VolkerHelmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, GeesthachtUNSPECIFIED
Quante, MarkusHelmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, GeesthachtUNSPECIFIED
Date:February 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Atmospheric Environment
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 153-161
Keywords:Ammonia, Emission modelling, SOA formations, Agricultural emissions, CTM, Ammonia abatement strategies, Scenario study, Animal husbandry
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt II (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Earth System Modelling
Deposited By: Righi, Dr. Mattia
Deposited On:19 Aug 2016 14:48
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:03

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