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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2016, Article ID 3830592, 15 pages
Research Article

Impact of Land-Use Change on Atmospheric Environment Using Refined Land Surface Properties in the Pearl River Delta, China

1School of Atmospheric Science, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
2Hong Kong Observatory, Tsim Sha Tsui 999077, Hong Kong

Received 14 June 2016; Revised 16 October 2016; Accepted 8 November 2016

Academic Editor: Mario M. Miglietta

Copyright © 2016 Anqi Lai et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We replaced the outdated land-use of the Weather Research and Forecasting-Chemistry (WRF-Chem) model with a refined dataset, the Global Land Cover 2009 (GLC2009) dataset, to investigate the impact of land-use change on the regional atmospheric environment in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region. Simulations of two months in 2014 (January and July) showed that land-use change increased the monthly averaged 2 m temperature by 0.24°C and 0.27°C in January and July, respectively. The relative humidity decreased by 2.02% and 2.23% in January and July, respectively. Due to the increase in ground roughness, the monthly averaged wind speed in January and July decreased by 0.19 m/s and 0.16 m/s. The planetary boundary layer height increased throughout the day and with larger relative increase during the nighttime. These subtle changes caused by land-use resulted in discernable changes in pollutant concentrations. Monthly averaged surface O3 concentration increased by 0.93 µg/m3 and 1.61 µg/m3 in January and July, while PM2.5 concentration decreased by 1.58 µg/m3 and 3.76 µg/m3, and the changes in pollutant concentrations were more noticeable during the nighttime. Overall, the impacts of land-use change on the atmospheric environment are obvious throughout the PRD region, especially in the urbanized areas.