Global source attribution of tropospheric ozone: Long-range transport from various source regions



[1] We examine contributions from various source regions to global distributions and budgets of tropospheric ozone (O3) in the context of intercontinental transport, using tagged tracer simulation with a global chemical transport model. For tagging O3, we consider regional separation of the model domain on the basis of the distributions of O3 chemical production. We define 14 polluted source regions (14 tracers) in the boundary layer (North America, Europe, China, etc.) and 8 regions (8 tracers) in the free troposphere; O3 production in the remaining (remote) tropospheric region and O3 transport from the stratosphere are also tagged as separate tracers. O3 transport from the polluted source regions like North America, Europe, and Asia generally accounts for more than 40% of ozone abundances even in remote locations. O3 exports from boundary layer in China and Asian free troposphere are discerned through much of the Northern Hemisphere, suggesting significant and extensive impacts of eastern Asian pollution. In particular, O3 from Asian free troposphere plays the most important roles in distribution and seasonal variation of O3 in the middle-upper troposphere almost globally. In June–September, the model calculates a large O3 contribution (5–10 ppbv) from Asian free troposphere in the upper troposphere over the South Pacific associated with long-range interhemispheric transport from Asia to the southern midlatitudes (via the western Indian Ocean, Africa, and Atlantic) in the upper troposphere. O3 transported from biomass burning regions such as South America, Africa, and Australia widely distributes in the Southern Hemisphere. Our simulation demonstrates that there is a significant interhemispheric O3 transport from South America to the northern midlatitudes in the upper troposphere which reaches Japan, North Pacific, and the United States in conjunction with O3 export from North Africa. Our tagged O3 simulation estimates that the annual mean global tropospheric O3 burden, as calculated to be 344 Tg in this study, comes from chemical production in the source regions (48%) and in the remote regions (29%) and from stratosphere-troposphere exchange (23%).

1. Introduction

[2] Tropospheric ozone (O3) is recognized as one of the key factors to control global-scale changes in climate [Gauss et al., 2003, 2006] and air quality [Akimoto, 2003]. The effect of tropospheric ozone increase on climate since preindustrial times has typically been estimated to be a global mean radiative forcing between 0.3 and 0.5 W m−2 [Forster et al., 1996; Mickley et al., 1999; Gauss et al., 2006]. Unlike well-mixed greenhouse gases, tropospheric ozone and its radiative forcing exhibits spatially and temporally inhomogeneous distributions, being generally larger in the polluted source regions, as a result of its short chemical lifetime (a week to a month). This inhomogeneous distribution of radiative forcing from tropospheric ozone increase can cause climate change with a large regional variability [Mickley et al., 2004]. Tropospheric ozone distribution is basically determined by the combination of transport and photochemical formation processes under the existence of natural and anthropogenic sources like precursors emitted over the industrialized regions as studied by previous studies [e.g., Li et al., 2001]. Transport process also plays a key role in intercontinental and hemispheric pollution issues [e.g., Jacob et al., 1999; Wild et al., 2004]. For better understanding and projection of global ozone changes as associated with the rising Asian continental outflow of pollutants and their impacts on climate and air quality, it is required to clarify the detailed origins of tropospheric ozone at the global scale focusing on the transport and chemical processes.

[3] In a very classic concept, the stratosphere was considered to be the main source of tropospheric ozone [Junge, 1962]. Recent studies, however, demonstrate that most of the tropospheric ozone abundance is attributed to photochemical ozone production driven by the smog reaction within the troposphere as associated with air pollution rather than to the transport from the stratosphere [Roelofs and Lelieveld, 1997; Li et al., 2002a; von Kuhlmann et al., 2003]. More recently, there are an increasing number of studies which attempt to assess impacts of pollution in the industrialized regions such as the United States, Europe, and Asia on the regional and hemispheric levels of oxidants including ozone [Holloway et al., 2003].

[4] These studies generally pay a particular attention to the major long-range transport pathways in the Northern Hemisphere (NH) such as the typical transport pathway from Asia to North America across the Pacific (the trans-Pacific). Stohl et al. [2002] examined pathways and timescales for intercontinental transport of passive CO tracers using a Lagrangian model.

[5] Berntsen et al. [1999] and Jacob et al. [1999, 2003] studied transport of ozone and related species over the trans-Pacific pathway and evaluated influences of Asian emissions on air quality in the United States. Li et al. [2002a] and Auvray and Bey [2005] similarly investigated impacts of long-range transport from Asia and North America on surface ozone levels in Europe. In addition, Wild et al. [2004] examined the characteristics of the trans-Eurasian transport and assessed impacts of European and North American anthropogenic emissions on surface ozone and CO in eastern Asia.

[6] The studies as mentioned above basically focus on a certain long-range transport pathway and its impacts on air quality such as surface ozone level in the downwind regions. It is, however, necessary to systematically evaluate individual contributions of transport from various source regions in the globe including the remote troposphere as well as the industrialized regions to the global ozone and related species distributions and budgets, so that we can obtain a better perspective on future changes in ozone distributions. In this sense, the roles of interhemispheric exchange and vertical exchange of ozone and related species [Staudt et al., 2001; Lawrence et al., 2003a] should also be examined in detail.

[7] In this study, we systematically attribute global distribution and budget of tropospheric ozone to our defined source regions which cover the global atmosphere, using a tagged tracer simulation in the framework of the chemistry-climate transport model CHASER. The tagged tracer approach as introduced in the previous studies [Wang et al., 1998a; Bey et al., 2001; Staudt et al., 2001; Li et al., 2002a] provide a good perspective for transport from a selected source region and its influences on the global atmospheric composition. Wild and Akimoto [2001] have already studied impacts of transport from North America, Europe, and Asia on global ozone distribution in their perturbation simulation with 10% reduction of fossil fuel emissions. Our present study further investigates contributions from remaining source regions in detail as well, assessing absolute contributions from anthropogenic and natural sources in individual regions.

[8] Although in this study a tagged tracer for ozone does not differentiate between natural and anthropogenic sources, it is significant to investigate contributions of natural sources to ozone since natural emissions of precursors like lightning NOx emissions may change in response to future climate change [Price and Rind, 1994]. For tagging O3 tracers, we consider various regions in the planetary boundary layer (PBL) and free troposphere including both the industrialized and remote areas as origins of tropospheric ozone.

[9] This paper is going to discuss the roles of transport from various regions over the globe in O3 distribution with highlighting characteristic long-range transport pathways as seen in this simulation. This kind of study also provides us with useful diagnostics of the performance of a chemistry transport model from which we can determine a possible cause of the model biases. We present the methodology including model description and experimental setup in section 2. Our simulated contributions from the defined source regions to the global distribution and budget of O3 are discussed in section 3; this section also gives detailed discussions on the roles of long-range transport in the seasonal cycles and vertical profiles of O3.

2. Methodology

[10] This study attempts to attribute global distribution and budget of tropospheric O3 to various source regions in the global atmosphere. To isolate contributions from individual source regions, we use a tagged tracer method which was first introduced by Wang et al. [1998a, 1998b] and employed in several recent global model studies [Bey et al., 2001; Staudt et al., 2001; Li et al., 2002a, 2002b]. The tagged tracer method treats a chemical species emitted or chemically produced in a certain region as a separate tracer and calculates its transport, chemical loss and surface deposition. This study performs a tagged tracer simulation using a chemistry-climate transport model CHASER [Sudo et al., 2002a]. Details of the CHASER model and our tagged tracer simulation are described in the following.

2.1. Global Chemical Transport Model

[11] This study employs the coupled tropospheric chemistry climate model CHASER [Sudo et al., 2002a] which has been developed in the framework of a GCM developed by the Center for Climate System Research (CCSR), the National Institute for Environment Studies (NIES), and the Frontier Research Center for Global Change (FRCGC) [Numaguti, 1993; Numaguti et al., 1995; Nozawa et al., 2005; Nagashima et al., 2006]. For this study, the horizontal resolution of T42 (2.8° × 2.8°) is adopted with 32 vertical layers from the surface to about 40 km altitude (∼1 km vertical resolution in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, UTLS). The model considers a detailed online simulation of tropospheric chemistry involving O3-HOx-NOx-CH4-CO system and oxidation of nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHCs) with a time step of 10 min, and includes detailed dry and wet deposition schemes also. The CHASER model version adopted in this study is basically identical to that described in Sudo et al. [2002a]. However, this version of CHASER, based on the CCSR/NIES/FRCGC GCM version 5.7, includes an improved wet deposition scheme, heterogeneous reactions on aerosols and cloud droplets for N2O5 and several radicals like HO2, and an online simulation of sulfate as well. The implemented sulfate simulation is linked to the heterogeneous reactions considered in the model, but not to the GCM's radiation component in this version. In CHASER, advective transport is simulated with a fourth-order flux-form advection scheme of the monotonic van Leer [van Leer, 1977] and the flux-form semi-Lagrangian scheme of Lin and Rood [1996]. Vertical transport associated with moist convection is simulated in the cumulus convection process in the GCM which is based on the Arakawa-Schubert scheme [Emori et al., 2001]. The transport process in CHASER is evaluated by conducting a radon simulation in the work by Sudo et al. [2002a]. The model calculates the concentrations of 53 chemical species with 140 reactions (gas/liquid phase and heterogeneous). The concentrations of stratospheric O3 and NOy species above 55 hPa (∼20 km) altitude are nudged to the monthly mean satellite data from the Halogen Occultation Experiment project (HALOE) [Russel et al., 1993] and output data from the 3-D stratospheric chemistry model [Takigawa et al., 1999] with a relaxation time of three days. In the detailed model evaluation [Sudo et al., 2002b], good agreements between the CHASER simulations and observations are generally found for O3 and precursor species including HOx radicals. The CHASER model performance is also evaluated in the framework of the 4th assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) [e.g., van Noije et al., 2006].

[12] In this study, CHASER considers surface emissions for CO, NOx, NMHCs, SO2 and dimethyl sulfide as in Sudo et al. [2002a]. Anthropogenic emissions are basically prescribed by the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) [Olivier et al., 1996] Version 3.2 which provides global surface emissions for 1995. The distributions of biomass burning emissions are also specified by the EDGAR inventory with using the hot spots data derived by the Along Track Scanning Radiometer (ATSR) [Arino et al., 1999] for simulating the seasonal variation of biomass burning emissions. The model includes natural NOx sources from soils (5.5 TgN/yr) and lightning (5 TgN/yr) in this study. Biogenic emissions of NMHCs are identical to those given by Sudo et al. [2002a]: e.g., isoprene and terpenes emissions of 400 and 100 TgC/yr, respectively.

[13] In this study, we perform a climatological simulation. The CHASER model in this study is basically driven by the meteorological fields generated by the GCM, but moderately nudged to the data by the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) for horizontal winds and temperatures in 1996 with a relaxation time of 7 days to reduce the GCM biases.

2.2. Tracer Tagging

[14] In this study, we transport separate O3 tracers tagged by regions of origin in the framework of the CHASER model. The chemical tendency of O3 produced in the region i is given as:

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with Qi the mixing ratio of O3 tagged by the region i, β the chemical loss rate constant (s−1), and Pi the gross chemical production within the region i.

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Global fields of β(x, y, z) and P(x, y, z) are specified by 3-hourly output data from a standard full-chemistry run with CHASER. For P(x, y, z), we use chemical production of the conventionally defined odd oxygen family Ox(= O3 + O + O(1D) + NO2 + 2NO3 + 3N2O5 + PANs + HNO3 + nitrates) instead of O3 as in the works by Wang et al. [1998b] and Li et al. [2002a, 2002b]. Li et al. [2002a, 2002b] use their defined odd oxygen family as a substitute for O3. As they state, O3 accounts for more than 95% of such odd oxygen family on the global average. However, we found in our simulation that O3 only accounts for 75 or 90% in the polluted boundary layers such as North America, Europe, and China. To remove this Ox induced error in O3 calculation, we reduced above described chemical production P in the boundary layers as a function of the total concentration of NOx and HNO3 so that we can obtain good agreement with the O3 concentrations calculated in the standard full-chemistry simulation. In addition to the chemical tendency, the model calculates the tendency due to transport and dry deposition at the surface for each O3 tracer.

[15] Using tagged tracers as described above, we classify O3 by various source regions as shown in Table 1. First the total O3 (O3-ALL) is separated into the stratospheric origin (STRAT) and tropospheric origin (TROPO). In this study, TROPO is defined as the sum of the O3 tracers tagged by chemical production in the remote region (REMOT) and polluted region (POLTD) in the troposphere. To further separate polluted source region POLTD, we first consider vertical classification based on the profiles of O3 production in the polluted regions as seen in Figure 1. The net O3 production derived from observations and calculated by the model is much intense within the planetary boundary layers (PBL) with a rapid decrease with altitude (negative or near zero values slightly above the PBL) and an increase in the free troposphere (1–5 ppbv/day in the upper troposphere). This sort of vertical profile of net O3 production indicates that the O3 production process in the polluted regions can be separated into two different regimes: production in the PBL and in the free troposphere (FT). Moreover, in the CHASER model the global amounts of O3 production in the lower troposphere (including PBL) and free troposphere are estimated to be well comparable with each other (2266 and 2478 TgO3/yr, respectively) as other model studies [e.g., Horowitz et al., 2003]. We, therefore, investigate contributions from the polluted region (POLTD) with distinction between PBL and free troposphere. In this study, we differently separate horizontal regions in the PBL and free troposphere in view of the distributions of O3 production (Figure 2): 14 regions in the PBL (defined as the six lowermost layers in the model, surface to ∼750 hPa) and 8 regions in the free troposphere. The O3 tracer of stratospheric origin (STRAT) is calculated by setting it equal to total O3 (O3-ALL) in the stratosphere at each time step. In many of the previous studies [e.g., Follows and Austin, 1992; Roelofs and Lelieveld, 1997; von Kuhlmann et al., 2003], such fixing of a stratospheric O3 tracer is considered just above the tropopause as defined with the lapse rate or O3 concentration of ∼150 ppbv. We, however, found a large contribution of tropospheric origin to O3 levels in the lowermost stratosphere near the tropopause in our CHASER simulations, indicating a non negligible flux of O3 and its precursors (especially NOx) from the troposphere to the lower stratosphere as associated with deep convection [Fischer et al., 2002]. We, therefore, scale the STRAT O3 tracer to the total O3 only above 100 hPa altitude in the model to investigate a pure contribution from the stratosphere.

Figure 1.

Vertical classification for O3 tracer tagging based on vertical profiles of O3 production P(O3) and net production P-L(O3) during the NASA Global Tropospheric Expedition (GTE) campaigns (PEM-West-B and TRACE-A). Solid and dashed lines show temporal mean and ±σ of the CHASER model calculation, respectively. The observations show mean (diamonds), median (circles), and inner 50% of the data (boxes) for the NASA GTE campaigns.

Figure 2.

Regional separation for tracer tagging with distributions of the net O3 production (annual mean) calculated by CHASER in (a) PBL and (b) free troposphere (FT). The defined POLTD source regions occupy 33% of the Earth's surface area in PBL and 32% in FT.

Table 1. Tracer Tagging With Different Sources for Ozone
Tracer IDSource RegionDescription
  • a

    Total chemical production in the troposphere defined as REMOT + POLTD.

  • b

    Remote region outside the POLTD regions (below 100 hPa altitude).

  • c

    Sum of O3 tracers from the individual polluted regions as defined in Figure 2 (i.e., BL-AMN + BL-AMM + ⋯ + FT-AUS).

  • d

    Vertical regions of boundary layers (PBL) are defined as the six lowermost layers in the model (surface to approximately 750 hPa.

  • e

    Free troposphere (FT) is defined in the model to extend to 100 hPa altitude above PBL.

O3-ALLglobalallnet (total) ozone
STRATglobalstratospheretransport from the stratosphere
TROPOaglobaltropospheretropospheric chemical production
REMOTremotebtropospherechemical production in remote regions
POLTDcpollutedPBLd + FTechemical production in polluted regions
BL-AMNsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: North America
BL-AMMsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: Central America
BL-AMSsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: South America
BL-AFNsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: North Africa
BL-AFSsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: South Africa
BL-EURsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: Europe
BL-CEUsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: Central Eurasia
BL-MESsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: Middle East
BL-INDsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: India etc.
BL-TLDsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: Thailand etc.
BL-CHNsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: China etc.
BL-JPNsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: Japan etc.
BL-IDNsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: Indonesia
BL-AUSsee Figure 2aPBLPBL: Australia
FT-AMNsee Figure 2bFTFT: North America
FT-AMSsee Figure 2bFTFT: South America
FT-AFNsee Figure 2bFTFT: North Africa
FT-AFSsee Figure 2bFTFT: South Africa
FT-EURsee Figure 2bFTFT: Europe
FT-ASAsee Figure 2bFTFT: Asia
FT-IDNsee Figure 2bFTFT: Indonesia
FT-AUSsee Figure 2bFTFT: Australia

[16] In this study, we also transport separate CO tracers tagged by CO emissions over the same regions as for the PBL O3 tracers (Figure 2a) to diagnose transport from the individual source regions.

[17] Tagged tracer method as used in this study can provide contributions from various source regions with a reasonable computational efficiency. We, however, need to note several features of this method especially for O3. First a tagged tracer for a certain region i does not include a contribution from O3 production outside the region associated with outflow of precursors originating in the region i, but can include O3 production associated with inflow of precursors originating in other regions. In this sense, our tagged O3 tracers may underestimate or overestimate actual contributions from the individual selected regions shown in Figure 2. However, such interregional transport (inflow/outflow) of precursors can be estimated to have little impact on O3 production within the individual polluted regions particularly in the PBL, since chemical lifetime of NOx the predominant key precursor of O3 is typically a few hours or a day in the PBL, much shorter than timescale of interregional transport. On the other hand, interregional transport of NOx is more possible in the free troposphere because of longer lifetime of NOx and NOx recycling from reservoir species like PAN [Fan et al., 1994; Moxim et al., 1996]. We therefore selected relatively large horizontal regions for tagging free tropospheric O3 production as in Figure 2b; however, it should be still noted that FT O3 tracers can neglect interregional influences as associated with PAN transport in the cold upper troposphere.

[18] This study evaluates contributions from remote O3 production outside the defined polluted regions (as associated with long-range export of precursors) with an O3 tracer tagged by production in the remote areas (REMOT). Another notifiable feature of a tagged tracer is that it does not differentiate between anthropogenic origins and natural origins as coming from NOx emissions from lightning or soils and biogenic NMHCs emissions from vegetation. As previous model studies investigated [e.g., Berntsen et al., 1997; Mickley et al., 1999], anthropogenic emissions of O3 precursors are considered to contribute largely to O3 levels in the free troposphere as well as in the PBL. Our CHASER simulations of preindustrial and present-day tropospheric O3 (separate work from this study) indicate that anthropogenic emissions of O3 precursors account for more than 80% of the gross O3 production in the polluted PBL in the NH (i.e., North America, Europe, and East Asia) and for around 50% in the continental PBL in the tropics and the SH (i.e., South America, Africa, Australia, etc.). In the free troposphere, anthropogenic impacts on O3 production can be expected to be less discernible because of limited injection of anthropogenic precursors from the surface and larger contributions from lightning NOx. Our simulations show that anthropogenic emissions explain about 70% of free tropospheric gross O3 production in North America, Europe, and East Asia, but only 20–30% in other continental regions such as South America, Africa, and Australia reflecting large natural contributions from lightning NOx and biogenic NMHCs emissions. In view of these profiles of anthropogenic contributions to O3 production, we concluded that our O3 tracers tagged by the polluted regions in the NH generally provide a good perspective for anthropogenic impacts in the NH as suggested by Li et al. [2002b], though those tagged by other regions (mostly in the SH) may contain a large contribution from natural emissions as well.

3. Results and Discussions

3.1. Horizontal Distributions

[19] Before discussing contributions from the individual source regions, we first compare the tropospheric O3 (total) distributions simulated in this study with the tropospheric ozone residual (TOR) data [Fishman et al., 2003] which are derived from the total column O3 measured by the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) and stratospheric column O3 by the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) instrument in Figure 3. Our calculation generally captures the TOR derived O3 distributions well. It reproduces springtime O3 enhancements reaching 40 DU in the northern midlatitudes including the eastern Asia and Pacific, and summer O3 peaks (40–50 DU) in the United States (U.S.), Middle East, and East Asia. The calculated summertime O3 abundances in East Asia appear to be smaller than the TOR measurements (especially in China), maybe reflecting an underestimation of recent O3 precursors emissions in China in the model; the emission data used in this study are basically for 1995, whereas the TOR measurements shown in Figure 3 are for 1998 to 2001. In October, CHASER well replicates biomass burning induced O3 enhancements in South America, Atlantic, and South Africa as observed by the TOR, reproducing high O3 abundances (>40 DU) over the Atlantic and Indian Ocean that reach the western coast of Australia. The O3 levels in the Atlantic and North Africa, however, appear to be 10–20% overestimated by CHASER all the year round. Evaluation of spatial and temporal distributions of O3 is also presented in sections 3.2 and 3.3.

Figure 3.

Tropospheric column ozone distributions (left) calculated by CHASER and (right) derived from satellite data with the Tropospheric Ozone Residual (TOR) method [Fishman et al., 2003], shown for (a) annual mean, (b) April, (c) July, and (d) October. The TOR measurements show averages during 1998 to 2001.

[20] Using our defined tagged tracers, we first separate tropospheric column O3 into tropospheric and stratospheric origins as shown in Figure 4. O3 from tropospheric chemical production (TROPO) shows much larger contributions than that from stratosphere (STRAT) giving an inhomogeneous pattern in the horizontal distribution with strong O3 peaks (>35 DU) around East Asia, Middle East to India, and South Atlantic. On the other hand, O3 of stratospheric origin (STRAT) shows zonally uniformal contributions of around 10 DU in the extratropics and 2–5 DU in the tropics. STRAT explains only 10–20% of total tropospheric column O3 in the tropics and 20–30% in the northern midlatitudes, but has contributions comparable with tropospheric origin (TROPO) in the southern high latitudes. At the surface elevation, annual mean STRAT O3 concentrations are calculated to be 1–4 ppbv (5–20% of total O3) in the tropics and 5–8 ppbv (20–25%) in the extratropics in the NH (∼5 ppbv in the SH). In the polluted regions in the NH like North America and Europe, we calculate very small STRAT contributions of around 10% on the annual average with larger contributions from chemical O3 production (see also discussions in sections 3.2 and 3.3). These estimated stratospheric contributions to tropospheric O3 appear much smaller than those estimated by several of the previous global model studies [e.g., Roelofs and Lelieveld, 1997; von Kuhlmann et al., 2003], but consistent with Follows and Austin [1992] and Wang et al. [1998c]. This can be attributed to the difference in definition of a stratospheric O3 tracer. Figure 4 also compares O3 contributions from chemical production in the polluted (POLTD) and remote (REMOT) regions as two distinct components of the TROPO contribution. In the polluted continental regions POLTD O3 largely contributes to TROPO by 20–30 DU, but inflow of remote O3 from the remote regions (REMOT) also has a significant contribution of 5–10 DU there. It should be noted that REMOT O3 has a contribution comparable with POLTD O3 in the remote regions especially in the high latitudes in the both hemispheres, indicating a significance of O3 precursors outflow from the continental polluted regions to remote regions (mostly oceanic regions) and subsequent O3 production there. A REMOT O3 peak (∼15 DU) is seen in the southern Atlantic, associated with outflow of natural and anthropogenic precursors from South America and Africa, and with NOx recycling from PANs [Sudo et al., 2002b]; this REMOT O3 peak appears to be responsible for the South Atlantic O3 maximum as in Figure 4a.

Figure 4.

Contributions to annual mean tropospheric column ozone from (a) total chemical production in the troposphere (TROPO) defined as POLTD + REMOT, (b) transport from the stratosphere, (c) chemical production in the polluted regions (POLTD), and (d) chemical production in the remote regions (REMOT). See Table 1 for detailed description of source classification.

[21] In Figure 5, the POLTD column O3 is further segregated into contributions from the individual source regions defined for the free troposphere (FT) and PBL (BL) in Table 1. The free tropospheric contributions (FT tracers) are generally larger and more extensive than the PBL ones (BL tracers) because of longer photochemical/residential lifetime of O3 (see Table 3) and faster horizontal transport in the free troposphere. O3 from North American free troposphere (FT-AMN) has a contribution larger than 1 DU through much of the NH. A peak contribution from FT-AMN, calculated around the source region (∼5 DU on an annual average), ranges from 2–3 DU in winter to ∼15 DU in summer; as Cooper et al. [2006] showed, lightning NOx production over North America can contribute significantly to the summertime FT-AMN O3 enhancements in the free troposphere. Significant export of FT-AMN O3 is seen in the northern Atlantic (5–10 DU) in summer, extending to the Mediterranean and Middle East (3–4 DU) as Li et al. [2002b] suggested. However, hemispheric impact from FT-AMN is calculated to be the most significant in October when O3 lifetime becomes longer (see discussions below). The largest contribution to O3 in the NH appears to come from the Asian free troposphere (FT-ASA). In the course of a year, the peak contribution from FT-ASA seen around Asia increases from 4–5 DU in winter to 17–20 DU in summer in the same manner as FT-AMN O3. From July through October, our model calculates significant O3 outflow (∼10 DU) from the FT-ASA region toward the Pacific and North Africa (via Middle East). As studied by Li et al. [2001], O3 exports from FT-AMN and FT-ASA both contribute to the column O3 peak calculated in Middle East in summer as seen in Figure 4c. FT-ASA O3 also appears to have a nonnegligible contribution even in the SH. In the SH midlatitudes, contributions from the South American and African free troposphere (FT-AMS and FT-AFS) are the most significant owing to enhanced O3 production with abundant precursors from biomass burning, vegetation, and lightning in those regions; both contributions show similar export pathways (>2 DU) over the Indian Ocean toward Australia and the Pacific as shown by Chatfield et al. [2002] and Piketh et al. [2002]. It should be noted that O3 transport from South America (FT-AMS) has another branching pathway extending in the NH toward Asia. Column O3 from two African regions (FT-AFN and FT-AFS), under the influence of the Harmattan wind and Walker circulation [Thompson et al., 2000, 2001; Edwards et al., 2003], shows peaks (∼10 DU) outside those regions in the Atlantic. In comparison with these free tropospheric contributions, contributions from PBL O3 production (BL tracers) to column O3 amounts are much confined within the individual source regions by shorter chemical lifetime and surface dry deposition of O3. We, however, note that hemispheric contributions from PBL regions in North America and Europe (BL-AMN and BL-EUR) are well comparable with those from free troposphere in the same regions (FT-AMN and FT-EUR). Long-range transport from PBL in the China region (BL-CHN) also gives large hemispheric contribution (∼1 DU) in spite of its much small horizontal area relative to BL-AMN and BL-EUR (see Figure 2a). Unlike BL-CHN, contributions from PBL regions in other Asian regions such as BL-IND and BL-TLD are quite limited in the vicinity of those source regions because of a shorter chemical lifetime of O3. In the SH, our model calculates large contributions (>1 DU) from PBLs in South America and Africa (BL-AMS and BL-AFS) extending toward Australia like O3 export pathways from FT-AMS and FT-AFS.

Figure 5.

Tropospheric column ozone from the polluted (POLTD) regions (annual mean), composed of 8 free tropospheric (FT) regions and 14 PBL (BL) regions (see Table 1 for region definition).

[22] We also examined contributions from the individual POLTD regions to O3 in PBL in the context of global air quality. As can be expected, contributions from PBL O3 production (BL tracers) are generally much larger than those from free tropospheric production (FT tracers). Particularly, O3 from PBL in the North America, Europe, central Eurasia, and China regions appears to have a hemispheric distribution (Figure 6). These long-range O3 exports are the most significant in spring or autumn when relatively large chemical production and long lifetime of O3 coexist; e.g., the BL-AMN O3 at the surface in Europe peaks in April and October (2–6 ppbv) in agreement with the study by Auvray and Bey [2005] (see also discussions in section 3.2). O3 transport from the European PBL (BL-EUR) reaches the eastern Asia including Japan along the Trans-Eurasian transport pathway in winter to spring (2–2.5 ppbv), comparable with Liu et al. [2002] and Wild et al. [2004].

Figure 6.

PBL mean mixing ratios for selected tagged O3 tracers for April, July, and October: BL-AMN, BL-EUR, BL-CHN, and FT-ASA (see Table 1 for region definition).

[23] Export from the Chinese PBL (BL-CHN) appears to have a large contribution to O3 levels in the remote Pacific and U.S. in spring and autumn (2–3 ppbv in April/October). In April, the Asian O3 tracers, BL-CHN, BL-TLD, BL-IND, and BL-JPN, amount to about 3.5 ppbv at the surface in the western U.S., comparable with the estimates by Berntsen et al. [1999] and Yienger et al. [2000].

[24] We also found large contributions from several free tropospheric regions to PBL O3 linked to downward motion associated with a high-pressure system and convection [e.g., Lawrence et al., 2003a].

[25] O3 from the Asian free troposphere (FT-ASA), having a large contributions in the NH, shows an extensive peak (3–10 ppbv) in the PBL in Southeast Asia and western Pacific in summer (see also section 3.2). This can be attributed to the combined effect of lightning NOx emissions and downward O3 transport associated with monsoon related convective activities in these regions [e.g., Ma et al., 2002]. Transport from Asia (FT-ASA) in summer (JJA) also affects surface O3 in the U.S. showing a peak of 2–4 ppbv in the western U.S. Although FT-ASA O3 may contain natural components as associated with lightning NOx in addition to anthropogenic ones, the FT-ASA O3 concentrations at the U.S. surface in summer appear to be comparable with the impacts of Asian anthropogenic emissions on the U.S. O3 calculated by Li et al. [2002b].

[26] O3 from the free troposphere in North America (FT-AMN) also has large contributions (>1 ppbv in annual mean) in the NH in the same magnitude as BL-AMN O3 (not shown). In summer, FT-AMN O3 shows a peak of 2–3 ppbv at the surface around Middle East reflecting subsidence there, which is in line with Li et al. [2002b].

[27] Long-range O3 transport in the upper troposphere from individual source regions is also evaluated as in Figure 7 for 8 km altitude. Exports from FT-AMN and FT-ASA have a particularly large contribution for the NH O3 at this altitude. The FT-AMN O3 peak over the U.S. and North Atlantic, larger than 10 ppbv in annual mean, is the most significant in July reaching ∼30 ppbv. Similarly, the FT-ASA O3 peak around Southeast Asia reaches its maximum (40 ppbv) in July, leading to long-range O3 transport (>10 ppbv) to the U.S.; the FT-ASA contribution to the U.S. O3 at this altitude is constantly seen almost all year round. We also found a large contribution from FT-ASA to the SH O3 which is most clearly seen in June–September. In this season, O3 produced in the Asian free troposphere is efficiently conveyed by an easterly current in the upper troposphere associated with the anticyclonic circulation centering around the Tibetan plateau [Barry and Chorley, 2003; Auvray and Bey, 2005]. Over the western Indian Ocean, Africa, and Atlantic, this upper tropospheric stream of O3 branches out to two directions: one toward Middle East and Europe [Auvray and Bey, 2005; Lawrence et al., 2003b], and the other toward the SH. The branch toward the SH imports Asian O3 into the southern midlatitudes toward Australia in conjunction with the westerly jet in the SH; the model calculates a large FT-ASA contribution (>5 ppbv) at 8 km over Australia in July. The model study by Staudt et al. [2001] showed a similar upper tropospheric cross-equatorial transport of Asian fossil fuel CO to the southern midlatitudes via the Indian Ocean and Atlantic. The FT-ASA contribution to the middle-upper tropospheric O3 in the southern midlatitudes is also discussed in section 3.2 and 3.3. Our simulation also revealed that export from FT-AMS (South America) has a pathway toward the eastern Asia to the North Pacific joining export pathway from FT-AFN (North Africa). These O3 outflows from FT-AMS and FT-AFN to the northern midlatitudes, most clearly seen during January to April, play an important role in the seasonal variation and vertical profile of O3 in Asia and North Pacific (see section 3.2). Our model also calculates relatively large contributions from O3 production in PBL (BL tracers) to O3 at 8 km altitude: e.g., ∼2 ppbv annual contributions from each of BL-AMN and BL-CHN in the NH, which are caused by uplifting associated with the warm/cold conveyor belt in midlatitude cyclones [Browning and Roberts, 1994; Hannan et al., 2003] and by convective updraft in the low-mid latitudes [Lawrence et al., 2003a].

Figure 7.

Distributions of selected tagged O3 tracers at 8 km altitude for April, July, and October: FT-AMN, FT-AMS, FT-AFN, and FT-ASA (see Table 1 for region definition).

3.2. Seasonal Variations

[28] In this section, we evaluate contributions from individual source regions (STRAT, REMOT, and POLTD regions) to seasonal variation of tropospheric O3. Figure 8 gives contributions from the individual source regions defined in Table 1 to O3 seasonal variations at the three remote surface sites. Tropospheric and stratospheric origins both contribute to O3 seasonality at these sites. At Mace Head, in winter and spring, 50–60% of O3 level is explained by O3 transport from the polluted regions (POLTD) with ∼30% imported from the remote region (REMOT). In summer, the POLTD contribution at Mace Head decreases to ∼25%, but instead the REMOT contribution increase to 60–70%, reflecting less efficient long-range transport from the polluted regions and more enhanced chemical O3 production in the remote atmospheres (particularly in the Atlantic). The lower panel, focusing on the POLTD contributions, shows the largest contributions from the BL-EUR and BL-AMN (2–10 ppbv). The BL-EUR and BL-AMN O3 concentrations at Mace Head appear to negatively correlate in time with each other, reflecting wind pattern changes over the Atlantic due to temporal variability in the Atlantic high-pressure system. It should be noted that in fact there is interannual variability in transport from North America to Europe associated with the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) as well [Li et al., 2002b]. There appears to be a significant long-range transport of O3 from Asia (FT-ASA and BL-CHN) to Mace Head especially in nonsummer seasons (1–3 ppbv) which is also seen in the previous model studies [Derwent et al., 2004; Auvray and Bey, 2005].

Figure 8.

Observed and calculated seasonal variations of O3 at three surface sites with contributions from stratospheric O3 transport (STRAT), O3 production in the polluted regions (POLTD), and remote regions (REMOT). In the bottom plots, the top eight contributions of the POLTD regions are shown; key labels are sorted by PBL (BL) and free tropospheric (FT) contributions separately. The observations show climatology taken from Logan [1999].

[29] At Bermuda, O3 seasonal variation is mostly controlled by POLTD O3 rather than REMOT O3 which is constant through the year. Transport from PBL in North and central America (BL-AMN and BL-AMM) gives the largest contributions with spring peaks of 15 and 6 ppbv, respectively. O3 transport from these PBL regions is, however, strongly inhibited in summer going down to ∼1 ppbv in August, and instead transport from the free troposphere in North America (FT-AMN) increases in summer. The dominant contribution from North American PBL (BL-AMN) to spring O3 at Bermuda in this study is in line with the model study by Li et al. [2002a] which also suggests the primary importance of continental outflow from North America for springtime O3 at Bermuda. Contributions from Asia (FT-ASA and BL-CHN) are also seen particularly in winter to spring (1–3 ppbv). In the case of Samoa, a remote site in the South Pacific, seasonal variation of O3 is explained by the combination of transport from the REMOT, POLTD, and STRAT regions. Contributions from various source regions in the SH and tropics are jumbled in the lower panel. It is remarkable that O3 from the Asian free troposphere (FT-ASA) gives a large contribution (>1 ppbv) from July through September together with FT-AFN O3, resulting from the interhemispheric transport pathway from Asia via Africa to the southern midlatitudes as already described in the previous section.

[30] Similarly, Figure 9 shows contributions from the individual source regions to O3 seasonalities at distinct altitudes (800, 500, and 300 hPa). At Resolute, 800 and 500 hPa O3 concentrations in summer are largely controlled by REMOT O3 (60–70%) which mainly reflects O3 production in the North Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic areas. POLTD O3, however, gives important contributions to 800/500 hPa O3 in nonsummer seasons, showing large O3 imports (1–5 ppbv) from the free troposphere and PBL in North/central America, Asia, Europe, and central Eurasia. At 300 hPa, stratospheric O3 (STRAT) dominantly controls the O3 seasonality, but O3 of tropospheric origin (POLTD + REMOT) also gives an important contribution (30–50%) with high concentrations (6–10 ppbv) of O3 from the Asian free troposphere (FT-ASA). At Höhenpeissenberg, a European site, seasonal variation of 800 hPa O3 is explained mostly by O3 production in the European PBL (BL-EUR) as can be expected. There are, however, nonnegligible contributions from North America and Asia (BL/FT-AMN and FT-ASA) ranging from 1 to 5 ppbv, which are comparable with Derwent et al. [2004] and Auvray and Bey [2005].

Figure 9.

Observed and calculated seasonal variations of O3 at distinct altitudes with contributions from stratospheric O3 transport (STRAT), O3 production in the polluted regions (POLTD), and remote regions (REMOT). In the bottom plot for each site, the top eight contributions of the POLTD regions are shown; key labels are sorted by PBL (BL) and free tropospheric (FT) contributions separately. The observations show climatology taken from Logan [1999].

Figure 9.


Figure 9.


[31] In contrast to 800 hPa O3, 500 and 300 hPa O3 seasonal variations show a mixture of O3 contributions from the North American and European regions (FT/BL-AMN and FT/BL-EUR) in the same magnitude which increase in summer. Import of Asian O3 (FT-ASA and BL-CHN) is clearly seen at these free tropospheric altitudes with a high concentration of FT-ASA O3 increasing from summer to autumn consistent with Auvray and Bey [2005]. The model also shows a relatively constant contribution (1–2 ppbv) from North Africa (FT-AFN).

[32] At Sapporo and Kagoshima Japan, located in the eastern edge of Asia, O3 seasonal variation at every altitude is largely influenced by O3 production in the Asian free troposphere (FT-ASA) and PBL in the China region (BL-CHN) especially in summer.

[33] An observation study by Pochanart et al. [1999] assessed contributions from regional pollution in the China continent to surface O3 at Oki (36°N, 133°E) located between Sapporo and Kagoshima. We found that the BL-CHN O3 tracer calculated at Oki well replicates the observation derived Chinese influences at Oki, both showing a significant increase from ∼5 ppbv in winter to 20–25 ppbv in summer reflecting intense photochemical O3 production in the Chinese PBL.

[34] 800 hPa O3 at Sapporo shows large contributions of 1–3 ppbv from Europe and central Eurasia (EUR and CEU) especially in nonsummer seasons coinciding with transport from North America (AMN) as Wild et al. [2004] investigated, which reflect efficient transport over the Eurasian continent toward Asia in winter coupled with the Siberian high-pressure system.

[35] 800 hPa O3 at Kagoshima (located in a lower latitude than Sapporo), there is a large contribution from Chinese PBL (BL-CHN) with a peak larger than 15 ppbv in March. This BL-CHN O3 rapidly decreases to ∼5 ppbv during April to July unlike Sapporo, but instead O3 from the Asian free troposphere (FT-ASA) increases because of intense chemical O3 production in summer. It should be also noted that in March there is a large O3 import (∼5 ppbv) from PBL in the Thailand region (BL-TLD) coincident with the BL-CHN O3 peak, resulting from biomass burning in Southeastern Asia including Thailand as reported by Tang et al. [2003]; Liu et al. [2003]. At 300 hPa over Kagoshima, the model overestimates the observed total O3 by ∼10 ppbv during June–September. This probably suggests too large contribution from FT-ASA which is most dominant in this season; the O3 overestimate in winter can be attributed to overestimate of stratospheric O3 transport.

[36] At Hilo, a remote Pacific site, O3 seasonality appears to be largely controlled by direct O3 transport from the polluted regions (POLTD) in spite of long distances there to Hilo. The REMOT O3 contributions at Hilo are attributable to O3 production during the long-range transport from the polluted regions (basically from Asia and North America) over the North Pacific [Hudman et al., 2004]. 800 hPa O3 displays large contributions from FT-ASA and FT-AMN whose seasonalities appear to be negatively correlated with each other. FT-ASA O3 decreases toward summer after peaking in April, and in turn O3 transport from FT-AMN rapidly increases. The summertime large O3 transport from FT-AMN seen at 800 hPa over Hilo exhibits a “river of pollution” [Staudt et al., 2001] flowing in the lower troposphere from the northeastern to the western equatorial Pacific produced by the Pacific High and trade winds. Interestingly, the model shows that O3 transport from FT-ASA to Hilo follows two different pathways depending on season. While in winter to early spring FT-ASA O3 is transported directly to Hilo by westerlies, summertime FT-ASA O3 takes a longer way turning and descending around the Pacific High over the northeastern Pacific and North America and reaches Hilo together with the continental outflow from North America (i.e., FT/BL-AMN O3). 800 hPa O3 at Hilo also shows a large contribution from Chinese PBL (BL-CHN) with an April peak coincident with the FT-ASA O3. At 500 and 300 hPa altitudes, the model shows more dominant contributions from FT-ASA which are most responsible for the spring O3 maxima at these altitudes. It should be noted that there is a nonnegligible long-range O3 transport from the North African and South American free troposphere (FT-AFN and FT-AMS) in winter and spring following the eastward pathway toward Asia and the North Pacific as mentioned in the previous section. At Boulder, 800 hPa O3 seasonal variation largely reflects O3 production in PBL in the North American region (BL-AMN) showing a strong peak (>40 ppbv) in August. A significant Asian contribution (FT-ASA) is seen through the year (∼3 ppbv) as suggested by Hudman et al. [2004]. FT-ASA O3 increases with altitude to 4–10 ppbv at 500 hPa and 6–14 ppbv at 300 hPa giving significant contribution to O3 at these altitudes especially in spring and autumn. In summer, North American contributions (FT/BL-AMN) rapidly rise in response to large summertime photochemical O3 production, but instead the FT-ASA contribution is largely inhibited by less conductive transport over the Pacific in this season. Transport from Chinese PBL (BL-CHN) appears to be a large contributor to 500 and 300 hPa O3 at Boulder (2–4 ppbv).

3.3. Vertical Profiles

[37] In Figure 10, we examine contributions from the individual source regions to vertical profiles of O3 over the regions of the NASA aircraft observation campaigns (Global Tropospheric Expeditions) as listed in Table 2. In the Ontario and Atlantic regions (ABLE-3B and SONEX, respectively), the model shows large contributions from O3 production in North America (FT/BL-AMN) to lower and upper tropospheric O3. We note that long-range transport from Asian free troposphere gives a primary contribution to the POLTD O3 calculated in the middle to upper troposphere over these regions. In Hawaii during PEM-West-A, about 50% of O3 can be explained by transport from the defined source regions (POLTD). In the upper troposphere, the model shows an outstanding contribution (>10 ppbv) from Asian free troposphere (FT-ASA) followed by significant O3 transport from Chinese PBL (BL-CHN) and North American free troposphere (FT-AMN). Contribution from Asian free troposphere is ranked first also in the upper troposphere over the Philippine Sea region (during PEM-West-B), Japan and China-Coast regions (TRACE-P) where O3 vertical profiles are largely controlled by transport from the source regions (POLTD). BL-CHN O3, giving significant contribution to the lower troposphere over the Japan and China-Coast regions, is estimated to be equivalent to BL-JPN O3 at the surface of the Japan region. In the lower troposphere over the China-Coast region, there is significant O3 import reaching 5 ppbv from the Thailand PBL region (BL-TLD) coinciding with biomass burning in Southeastern Asia [Tang et al., 2003; Liu et al., 2003] as also seen in 800 hPa O3 at Kagoshima in Figure 9; tagged CO simulation in this study similarly shows significant CO transport from Thailand and Indian regions (∼30 ppbv, individually) at 1–3 km altitude over this region (not shown). It should be noted that the model reveals significant long-range O3 exports from North African and South American free troposphere (FT-AFN and FT-AMS) which increase individually upper tropospheric O3 over the Japan and China Coast regions by 3–7 ppbv. The export pathway from FT-AFN and FT-AMS to these regions are already described with respect to Figure 7 in the previous section. In the remote Pacific regions during PEM-Tropics-A and B, 30–70% of TROPO O3 (tropospheric origin) can be explained by transport from the POLTD source regions. The POLTD O3 in these regions is composed in general of contributions from North, central, and South America (AMN, AMM, and AMS), North and South Africa (AFN and AFS), Indonesia (IDN), and Asia (ASA). It is remarkable that Asian free tropospheric O3 (FT-ASA) gives the largest contributions in the middle-upper troposphere in the southern tropical regions: Tahiti, Fiji, and Easter Island during PEM-Tropics-A. This significant contribution from Asia is a result of long-range interhemispheric O3 transport from Asian free troposphere to the southern midlatitudes via the western Indian Ocean, Africa, and the Atlantic, which is described already (Figure 7). In Tahiti during PEM-Tropics-B, the largest O3 contribution is from South America (FT-AMS) in the lower troposphere, but from Australia (FT-AUS) in the upper troposphere. Similar vertical structure is also seen in our tagged CO tracers over Tahiti (not shown), and is linked to the Walker circulation in the tropics: i.e., westward transport from South America to Tahiti in the lower troposphere over the eastern Pacific, and eastward transport from Australia in the upper troposphere over the western Pacific.

Figure 10.

O3 vertical profiles observed and calculated over the regions of GTE campaigns (listed in Table 2) with contributions from stratospheric O3 transport (STRAT), O3 production in the polluted regions (POLTD), and remote regions (REMOT). In the right plot for each region, the top eight contributions of the POLTD regions are shown; key labels are sorted by PBL (BL) and free tropospheric (FT) contributions separately (see Table 1 for region definition). The observations show mean (diamonds), median (circles), and inner 50% of the data (boxes) for the NASA GTE campaigns.

Figure 10.


Table 2. NASA GTE Campaign Regions and Dates
CampaignDatesRegion NameaLatitudesLongitudes
  • a

    Listed only for regions used in this study.

ABLE-3B6 Jul to 15 Aug 1990Ontario45–60°N270–280°E
SONEX7 Oct to 12 Nov 1997Atlantic35–45°N325–345°E
PEM-WEST-A16 Sep to 21 Oct 1991Hawaii15–35°N180–210°E
PEM-WEST-B7 Feb to 14 Mar 1994Philippine-Sea5–20°N135–150°E
PEM-Tropics-A15 Aug to 5 Oct 1996Chris.-Island0–10°N200–220°E
PEM-Tropics-B6 Mar to 18 Apr 1999Hawaii10–30°N190–210°E
TRACE-A21 Sep to 26 Oct 1992S-Africa25–5°S15–35°E
TRACE-P3 Mar to 15 Apr 2001Japan25–40°N135–150°N

[38] In the biomass burning related regions during TRACE-A expedition, the model shows large contributions of the POLTD source regions coming mostly from O3 production in PBL and free troposphere in South America and North/South Africa as suggested by Thompson et al. [1996], Thompson and Hudson [1999], and Jenkins et al. [2003]. In 5–10 km altitudes over the eastern Brazil region (E-Brazil) there is enhanced O3 coming from South American PBL (BL-AMS) which gives an important contribution to upper tropospheric O3 levels in this region. This appears to be associated with convective uplifting of the PBL air to the upper troposphere in the eastern Brazilian region as revealed by Fishman et al. [1996]. It should be noted that there are O3 exports of a few ppbv from Asian free troposphere in each of the TRACE-A regions since these regions are on the pathway of interhemispheric transport from Asia to the southern midlatitudes as discussed above.

3.4. Global Budgets

[39] In Table 3, we summarize detailed global budgets of O3 from various source regions: stratosphere STRAT, remote troposphere REMOT, and polluted source regions POLTD. 63% of the calculated chemical O3 production in the global troposphere (4723 TgO3/yr) comes from the POLTD regions, of which South American and Asian free troposphere (FT-AMS and FT-ASA) shows particularly large O3 production (295 and 325 TgO3/yr, respectively).

Table 3. Global Budget of Tropospheric O3 From Distinct Source Regions
Tracer IDaPbP-LcDepositionSTEdTropospheric Burden, TgO3Lifetime, days
Global, %NHChemicalTotale
  • a

    For definition, see Table 1 and Figure 2.

  • b

    Gross chemical production in the troposphere(TgO3/yr).

  • c

    Net chemical production in the troposphere(TgO3/yr).

  • d

    Stratosphere-troposphere exchange (TgO3/yr): net O3 flux from the stratosphere (negative values represent export to the stratosphere).

  • e

    Residence time in the troposphere.

O3-ALL4723422.5−917494.2343.5 (100.0%)186.32622
STRAT0−484.1−131615.677.9 (22.7%)38.64537
REMOT1735338.7−257−81.7101.0 (29.4%)51.12521
POLTD2988567.9−528−39.7164.6 (47.9%)96.52320
   BL-AMN15448.0−47−0.76.7 (1.9%)6.52416
   BL-AMM16229.8−30−0.36.6 (1.9%)5.51815
   BL-AMS20349.6−49−0.37.4 (2.2%)0.91813
   BL-AFN16633.1−33−0.25.4 (1.6%)4.01512
   BL-AFS17538.8−38−0.36.6 (1.9%)0.91714
   BL-EUR11144.1−44−0.34.3 (1.3%)4.22714
   BL-CEU7227.8−28−0.32.8 (0.8%)2.82814
   BL-MES9222.3−220.03.2 (0.9%)2.91713
   BL-IND9720.9−20−0.83.9 (1.1%)3.41814
   BL-TLD507.8−7−0.42.2 (0.6%)1.71816
   BL-CHN12834.6−34−1.05.9 (1.7%)5.52317
   BL-JPN226.4−60.01.1 (0.3%)1.12418
   BL-IDN619.7−9−0.52.8 (0.8%)0.91917
   BL-AUS8819.7−19−0.33.7 (1.1%)0.22015
   FT-AMN16325.6−19−6.611.6 (3.4%)10.52926
   FT-AMS29532.9−27−5.821.0 (6.1%)7.02726
   FT-AFN20321.2−19−2.213.4 (3.9%)9.12524
   FT-AFS18621.6−18−3.813.1 (3.8%)2.12725
   FT-EUR5814.5−12−2.64.1 (1.2%)4.03425
   FT-ASA32539.7−32−8.024.9 (7.2%)20.53028
   FT-IDN908.9–7–2.26.9 (2.0%)2.22928
   FT-AUS8611.0–8–3.26.9 (2.0%)0.83129

[40] Concerning O3 input/output associated with stratosphere-troposphere exchange, the model estimates the net input of stratospheric O3 (STRAT) as 616 TgO3/yr and output of tropospheric origin O3 (TROPO = REMOT + POLTD) as 121 TgO3/yr, leading to a net O3 influx from the stratosphere to troposphere of 494 TgO3/yr. Significant transport to the stratosphere is calculated with O3 produced in the FT-AMN, FT-AMS, and FT-ASA regions (6.6, 5.8, and 8.0 TgO3/yr, respectively). Although transport of the PBL O3 tracers to the stratosphere is much smaller than those of the free tropospheric tracers (FT tracers), relatively large output to the stratosphere (∼1 TgO3/yr) is seen for O3 from North American, Indian, and Chinese PBL (BL-AMN, IND, and CHN).

[41] The model calculates an annual mean global tropospheric O3 burden of 344 Tg: of which 23% from the stratosphere (STRAT), 29% from the remote troposphere(REMOT), and 48% from the polluted source regions (POLTD). The most significant contributor of the POLTD tracers is Asian free troposphere (FT-ASA, 25 Tg) followed by South American free troposphere (FT-AMS, 21 Tg). It should be noted also that O3 exported from FT-ASA is relatively abundant even in the SH (4.4 Tg), and likewise FT-AMS O3 is abundant even in the NH (7 Tg), resulting from the long-range interhemispheric transport from these regions as described above.

[42] In this simulation, the chemical and total (residential) lifetimes of global tropospheric O3 are estimated to be 26 and 22 days, respectively. O3 from the stratosphere (STRAT) shows longer lifetimes than tropospheric origin O3 (REMOT and POLTD) because of slower chemical O3 destruction and absence of dry deposition in the upper troposphere where most of STRAT O3 is distributed. Similarly, the lifetimes estimated for free tropospheric O3 (FT tracers) are generally larger than those for PBL O3 (BL tracers), causing a larger global burden of FT O3 relative to BL O3. Total lifetime for the BL tracers is significantly smaller than chemical lifetime for them since large part of PBL O3 is subject to dry deposition at the surface as well as chemical destruction. In particular, total lifetime for O3 tracers from European and central Eurasian PBL regions (BL-EUR and BL-CEU) is two times smaller than chemical one for them reflecting large dry deposition as they crawl over the Eurasian Continent toward Asia and the Pacific (see discussion in section 3.2).

4. Summary and Conclusions

[43] We investigated detailed source attribution of global distribution and budget of tropospheric O3 using a tagged tracer simulation. This study focused mainly on transport from source regions over the globe with using O3 tracers tagged by the individual source regions, and demonstrated how regional to interhemispheric transport control the global distribution and seasonal cycle of tropospheric O3. For tagging O3, we considered chemical production in various source regions in the PBL and free troposphere; the model separately transports 14 and 7 O3 tracers tagged by chemical production in the PBL and free troposphere, respectively, in addition to a stratospheric O3 tracer.

[44] In the low to midlatitudes, O3 transport from the polluted source regions like North/South America, Europe, and Asia generally accounts for more than 50% of ozone even in remote locations. In the northern high latitudes, contributions of O3 transport from polluted source regions, remote troposphere, and stratosphere were estimated to be comparable with each other (∼10 DU in annual mean). We found that in particular O3 exported from the free troposphere in North/South America, Africa, and Asia distributes extensively over the globe with a peak of 5–12 DU in annual mean.

[45] Near the surface, our simulation showed, there are extensive O3 outflows from the PBL regions in North America, Europe, central Eurasia, and China in the NH with downward O3 transport from the free troposphere (especially in North America and Asia). In the upper troposphere, we found large O3 contributions from the free troposphere in North/South America, Africa, and Asia extending on a hemispheric to global scale, which are resulting from intense injection of precursors from the surface associated with anthropogenic emissions including biomass burning, and also from lightning NOx production over the regions. O3 originating from the Asian free troposphere was simulated to cause particularly large contributions to the upper tropospheric O3 abundances in the NH with the range of 5–30 ppbv in annual mean. We found that this O3 outflow from the Asian free troposphere plays a key role in seasonal variation and vertical profile of O3 in the global troposphere. We also identified an interhemispheric transport pathway in the upper troposphere that conveys O3 produced in the Asian free troposphere to the SH midlatitudes via the western Indian Ocean, Africa, and Atlantic causing a 5–10 ppbv O3 contribution to the upper troposphere in the South Pacific in June–September. Our simulation demonstrated that there is a significant interhemispheric O3 transport from South America to the NH midlatitudes in the upper troposphere which reach Japan, North Pacific, and U.S. in conjunction with O3 export from North Africa; in the upper troposphere over Japan in spring, the model calculated significant O3 contributions of ∼5 ppbv from South America and North Africa (amounting to ∼10 ppbv).

[46] In this study, annual mean global tropospheric O3 burden was calculated to be 344 Tg as the sum of chemical production in the polluted source regions 165 Tg (48%) and in the remote regions 101 Tg (29%), and stratosphere-troposphere exchange 78 Tg (23%). We found a particularly large O3 burden for chemical production in the free troposphere in Asia and South America (25 and 21 Tg, respectively).

[47] As shown above, this study attributed the global distribution of tropospheric O3 to various source origins and regions, and revealed the mechanism of regional to interhemispheric transport. Long-range O3 transport over the major pathways in the NH (such as the trans-Pacific and Eurasia) simulated in this study appears consistent with the previous studies which investigated long-range impacts of anthropogenic emissions on O3 in downwind locations [e.g., Holloway et al., 2003; Wild et al., 2004]. It should be, however, noted that our tagged O3 tracer does not differentiate between anthropogenic origin and natural one as from lightning NOx emissions. To more quantitatively identify long-range transport of anthropogenic O3, we need to introduce an emission sensitivity study to our tagged tracer approach as a future work. This kind of study can be also applied to investigation of impacts of future emission changes as expected in Asia on the global air quality.


[48] This research has been partially supported by Global Environmental Research Fund (B051), Japan Ministry of Environment. In this study, we used the Earth Simulator of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) in cooperation with Project for Sustainable Coexistence of Human, Nature, and the Earth (Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).