Variation of surface ozone exceedance around Klang Valley, Malaysia

Fatimah, Ahamad and Latif, Mohd Talib and Tang, Rosy and Juneng, Liew and Dominick, Doreena and Juahir, Hafizan (2014) Variation of surface ozone exceedance around Klang Valley, Malaysia. Atmospheric Research, 139 (2014). pp. 116-127. ISSN 0169-8095

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Abstract

The total hourly surface ozone (O3) exceedance from the 100 ppbv hourly O3 standard set by the Department of Environment Malaysia (DOE) was analysed, as elevated O3 concentrations pose health risks to humans and harms vegetation. Air quality data from 2008 to 2010 were obtained from a total of seven stations located around the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Cheras and Shah Alam monitoring stations consistently showed a high frequency of noncompliance to the DOE standards. Hierarchical Agglomerative Cluster Analysis (HACA) was performed on the daily maximum O3 concentration to analyse the spatial variability. Three distinct clusters were obtained from HACA runs on the daily maximum O3 and the results reflected O3 exceedance pattern among the stations. Analysis of the monthly average O3, nitrogen oxide (NO), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations indicated a strong localised influence on the O3 exceedance patterns. It can be concluded that the O3 exceedance pattern in the Klang Valley area is strongly influenced by local pollutant emission and dispersion characteristics.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Surface ozone Nitrogen oxides Cluster analysis Back trajectory
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Faculty / Institute: East Coast Environmental Research Institute (ESERI)
Depositing User: Assc. Prof Hafizan Juahir
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2015 06:26
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2015 06:26
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/2630

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