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Volume 17, No. 2, February 2017, Pages 499-512 PDF(1.86 MB)  
doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2016.05.0181   

Characteristics of PM2.5 and Assessing Effects of Emission–Reduction Measures in the Heavy Polluted City of Shijiazhuang, before, during, and after the Ceremonial Parade 2015

Gang Wang1, Shuiyuan Cheng1,2, Jianlei Lang1, Xiaowen Yang1, Xiaoqi Wang1, Guolei Chen1, Xiaoyu Liu1, Hanyu Zhang1

1 Key Laboratory of Beijing on Regional Air Pollution Control, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China
2 Collaborative Innovation Center of Electric Vehicles in Beijing, Beijing 100081, China


  • The PM2.5 concentrations were 26.5 µg m–3 during control.
  • Concentrations of the major chemical components decreased obviously during control.
  • The mass percentage of secondary inorganic ions was larger during no control.
  • Elevated NO3/SO42– ratios during control was found compared to no control.
  • PM2.5 concentration increased by 21.6% if no emission-reduction measures are taken.



The measurement of PM2.5 was conducted from 15th August to 17th September, 2015 in Shijiazhuang, China, covering the period of a ceremonial parade. The PM2.5 concentrations and the major chemical components were analyzed. The concentrations of PM2.5 was 26.5 µg m–3 during control, which were 57.0% and 51.1% lower compared to before and after control, respectively. The lowest concentrations of elements and water-soluble ions were also found during control with a decreasing tread of 31.1%–44.2%, and 57.1%–64.2%, respectively. Two typical pollution episodes characterized by significantly elevated PM2.5 concentration were found during no control due to the combination of no emission-reduction measures and unfavorable weather conditions. The mass percentage of secondary inorganic ions was larger during no control (38.1%–40.3%), pointing to the strong contribution of atmospheric chemical processes. The NO3/SO42– ratios were 0.85, 0.94, and 0.85 before, during, and after control, respectively, and the elevated ratios during control indicate a greater proportion of the PM2.5 originated from vehicle exhaust. The WRF-CMAQ modeling system was also used to assess the effectively of emission reduction measures and weather conditions. The results indicated that the PM2.5 concentration increased by 21.6% and 32.1% if no emission-reduction measures were taken and weather conditions in 2014 were used.



Keywords: PM2.5 pollution; Element; Water-soluble ions; Emission control assessment; Simulation modeling.



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