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HKUST and HKSAR Using Tech to Solve Ozone Pollution in GBA

Image Credits: HKUST, Press Release

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is partnering with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government in a 3-year ground-breaking cross-border study to monitor the air quality on land, at sea and in the air, which will give us a more in-depth understanding of the formation and transportation of ozone in Hong Kong and across the Greater Bay Area (GBA).

This partnership is part of the wider initiative “Characterization of Photochemical Ozone Formation, Regional and Super-Regional Transportation in the Greater Bay Area” that is jointly launched among the governments of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao in studying ozone pollution, a regional air quality problem impacting various parts of the region.

Air pollution is the world’s largest environmental health threat contributing to 7 million annual premature death worldwide. The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) of the HKSAR Government recently released the “Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong 2035” to help further improve the city and the region’s air quality, as well as helping the city to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

While great strides have been made in recent years on controlling health-relevant air pollutants such as particulate matter (PM), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), the level of ozone – a key component of regional photochemical smog, is still trending upwards.

Unlike directly emitted air pollutants, ozone is a pollutant formed in the air by photochemical reactions between the precursors including nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs consists of hundreds of compounds released from a wide range of manmade and natural sources. The complexity of these different compounds and their roles in ozone formation makes it very difficult to forecast and control the ozone levels in Hong Kong.

Using the state-of-the-art technology, a research team co-led by Prof. Ning Zhi, Associate Professor, and Prof. Dasa Gu as well as Prof. Zhe Wang, Assistant Professors of the Division of Environment and Sustainability at HKUST, have instigated a series of investigations in collaboration with the EPD and the Government Flying Service (GFS) since August to develop the monitoring and sampling system for the capture and measurement of vertical and spatial nature of ozone, as well as the key precursors critical for ozone formation and transportation.

Dr Kenneth Leung Kai-Ming, EPD’s Principal Environmental Protection Officer (Air Science) noted that thanks to the collaboration between GFS and HKUST team, simultaneous air quality monitoring work on land, at sea and in the air within GBA, for the first time, were able to be conducted.

The large-scale cross-border study is an important milestone for ozone research in the region, and the researchers are pleased to work with local experts to contribute their efforts and transform the scientific knowledge into actions for evidence-based policymaking and improve the environment of Hong Kong as well as the GBA.

Using ocean-going vessels and helicopter fleets fitted as mobile monitoring platforms and technologies to carry advanced air sensing systems, HKUST researchers measure the real-time levels of various air pollutants (e.g., NOx, CO, O3, VOCs) and particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5) over Hong Kong waters and in airspaces between the ground and 600-meter altitude. Air samples were also taken to analyze the ozone formation-related VOC species.

The team will also coordinate with local and GBA researchers on tracing the sources and transportation of the pollutants that cause ozone pollution in Hong Kong. The findings will play a vital role in the formation of science-based policy for effective control of ozone in the region.

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