Air Quality Monitoring
and Forecasting in China

Introduction

AMFIC addresses atmospheric environmental monitoring over China. The aim is to develop an integrated information system for monitoring and forecasting tropospheric pollutants over China. The system uses satellite and in situ air quality measurements and modelling to generate consistent air quality information over China. The data will cover the recent years and the actual situation including an air quality forecast for several days ahead. Air pollutants covered are ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, methane and aerosol/particulate matter.

The proposed system will supplement and broaden the existing ground-level monitoring and air quality assessment activities in China. Satellite data cover regions where no ground-based stations are available; air quality models fill-in the sparse temporal and spatial sampling of the measurements and connect them in a physically consistent manner.

The system targets environmental agencies in China, some of whom are participating in AMFIC, and assists them in their reporting duties on air quality. A case study for the city of Shenyang will be demonstrated. The project will also improve our understanding of the transport of air pollution within, from and to China.

Participants

European Union European Union
Hartwig Bischoff (Project co-ordinator EU)
KNMI Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute KNMI Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
Ronald van der A (PI)
Bas Mijling
IAP Institute of Atmospheric Physics IAP Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Pucai Wang
Li Yiu
NSMC National Satellite Meteorological Center NSMC National Satellite Meteorological Center
Peng Zhang
Xingying Zhang
BIRA-IASB Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy BIRA-IASB Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
Michel Van Roozendael
Isabelle De Smedt
Jos van Geffen
FMI Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI Finnish Meteorological Institute
Gerrit de Leeuw
Anu-Maija Sundstrom
IUP Institute for Environmental Physics IUP Institute for Environmental Physics
Michael Buchwitz
Democritus University of Thrace Democritus University of Thrace
Kostas Kourtidis
Aristeidis K. Georgoulias
NOA National Observatory of Athens NOA National Observatory of Athens
Christos Zerefos
LAP-AUTH Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics LAP-AUTH Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics
Dimitris Balis
MariLiza Koukouli
VITO Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek VITO Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek
Clemens Mensink
Karen van de Vel
Wouter Lefebvre
TUe Eindhoven University of Technology TUe Eindhoven University of Technology
Hennie Kelder