2005 Progress Report: Guiding Future Air Quality Management in California: Sensitivity to Changing Climate

EPA Grant Number: R830964
Title: Guiding Future Air Quality Management in California: Sensitivity to Changing Climate
Investigators: Harley, Robert A.
Current Investigators: Harley, Robert A. , Cohen, Ronald , Goldstein, Allen H. , Steiner, Allison L , Tonse, Shaheen
Institution: University of California - Berkeley
EPA Project Officer: Chung, Serena
Project Period: March 22, 2003 through March 23, 2006 (Extended to March 22, 2009)
Project Period Covered by this Report: March 22, 2005 through March 23, 2006
Project Amount: $900,000
RFA: Assessing the Consequences of Global Change for Air Quality: Sensitivity of U.S. Air Quality to Climate Change and Future Global Impacts (2002) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Global Climate Change , Air Quality and Air Toxics , Climate Change , Air


The overall objective of the research project is to assess the impact of changes in regional and global climate on air quality in California. We are using a combination of model and observation-based analyses to determine the effects on air quality of changes in temperature, moisture, and atmospheric mixing.

Progress Summary:

We have completed an analysis of climate and emissions-related perturbations and their effects on air quality in central California.  We find the impacts vary depending on proximity to the Pacific Coast (where impacts of increased pollution at the inflow boundary are greatest), and on preexisting NOx levels (NOx saturated regions in central California appear to be most sensitive to climate-related changes).  We also completed work on an observationally based study of the temperature sensitivity of anthropogenic volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions:  the role of temperature in increasing fuel evaporation was highlighted in this analysis.  The increased evaporative signal was apparent in correlated speciated VOC and temperature measurements, as they varied by time of day and from day to day.

Future Activities:

We will continue to study the effects of climate and emissions changes/variability on the reactivity of VOCs and on the distribution (speciation) of oxidized forms of nitrogen.

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Other project views: All 27 publications 8 publications in selected types All 8 journal articles
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Journal Article Rubin JI, Kean AJ, Harley RA, Millet DB, Goldstein AH. Temperature dependence of volatile organic compound evaporative emissions from motor vehicles. Journal of Geophysical Research--Atmospheres 2006;111(D3):D03305 (7 pp.). R830964 (2005)
R830964 (2007)
R830964 (Final)
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    tropospheric ozone, global climate, California, CA, atmospheric chemistry, modeling, biogenic emissions, mobile source emissions,, RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, particulate matter, Air Quality, Air Pollutants, Chemistry, climate change, Air Pollution Effects, Monitoring/Modeling, Environmental Monitoring, tropospheric ozone, Atmospheric Sciences, Atmosphere, anthropogenic stress, aerosol formation, ambient aerosol, atmospheric particulate matter, atmospheric dispersion models, environmental measurement, meteorology, climatic influence, global change, ozone, air quality models, climate, air pollution models, air quality model, air sampling, climate models, greenhouse gases, airborne aerosols, atmospheric aerosol particles, atmospheric transport, biogenic ozone precursors, environmental stress, atmospheric monitoring, ecological models, California, aerosols, atmospheric models, Global Climate Change, atmospheric chemistry, ambient air pollution

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