Science Inventory

Green Infrastructure Scenario Analysis in the WRF-CMAQ Coupled Modeling System

Citation:

Zhang, Y., J. Bash, S. Roselle, A. Shatas, C. Hogrefe, R. Mathur, A. Repinsky, AND T. Jacobs. Green Infrastructure Scenario Analysis in the WRF-CMAQ Coupled Modeling System. UK-US Workshop on Air Quality & Exposure Science, Birmingham, UK, November 12 - 13, 2018.

Impact/Purpose:

Field and numerical studies have demonstrated the benefits of green infrastructure (GI) implementation on lowering daytime temperature in urban environments due to shading and the role of evaporation and transpiration. Studies have also shown that through changes in dry deposition and atmospheric dispersion, the GI implementation could also reduce surface air pollutants and improve human health. However, few studies have systematically analyzed the feedback chains between atmospheric dynamic and chemical processes that are triggered by changes in the urban vegetation coverage. While lower temperatures could reduce the intensity of chemical reactions and subsequently secondary air pollutant formation (O3 and secondary organic aerosols), the reduced ventilation of surface emissions in a more stable planetary boundary layer (PBL) resulting from the cooling, could potentially increase near-surface concentration of precursor species for O3 and particulate air pollutants (PM2.5).

Description:

We use the state-of-the-art WRF-CMAQ coupled model to simulate the potential effects of a GI implementation strategy in Kansas City, MO/KS on regional meteorology and air quality. Two different land surface schemes (Pleim-Xiu and Noah) were implemented to characterize the differences in response estimated by different land surface schemes. Results are presented for the summer 2011 for both the base case and GI scenario. Though the estimated magnitudes of the changes were different, both configurations showed consistently cooler surface temperatures and lower PBL heights in downtown areas. The CMAQ predicted PM2.5 increases, arising mostly from the primary components, across the domain due to the decreased PBL. Ozone changes are complicated as a combination of competing effects from increased dry deposition, increased NOx titration and decreased chemical reduction interact non-linearly. These results highlight the region-specific non-linear process feedback chains that should be accounted for in assessing the likely air quality benefits and disbenefits associated with GI implementation.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/SLIDE)
Product Published Date: 11/13/2018
Record Last Revised: 11/23/2018
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 343351

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY

COMPUTATIONAL EXPOSURE DIVISION

ATMOSPHERIC MODEL APPLICATION & ANALYSIS BRANCH