Traffic control oriented impact on the persistence of urban air pollutants : A causeway bay revelation during emergency period

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-313
Journal / PublicationTransportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Volume51
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

Abstract

The continuous traffic flow is always considered to take a great extent responsibility for the air quality deterioration in urban areas. Meanwhile, traffic control is assumed to be one of the most effective ways to mitigate the high concentration situation as this may cut off the emission directly and satisfy the air quality objectives. Unfortunately, the overdevelopment of central business district area in megacities not only complicates the control plan, but also troubles the process of plan assessment. Because of the road blockages caused by the radical behavior during the Hong Kong protest in 2014, it offers an unexpected chance to evaluate the influence of traffic control oriented plan on urban (i.e., Causeway Bay) air pollution. Hence, we here investigated the six air pollutants concentrations that measured in the time series before, during and after the Hong Kong Protest period. The impact of traffic flow restriction on pollutants’ persistence has been quantified both qualitatively and quantitatively in this study. The results showed that the persistence of pollutants was a general property in Causeway Bay which dominated by the traffic flow pattern. The road blockages, considered as one kind of extreme traffic control plan, would strengthen the persistence of most pollutants (except ozone). Moreover, it also indicated that comprehensive consideration and further balance among different pollutants were necessary when try to reduce pollution in urban area by traffic control.

Research Area(s)

  • Air pollutant, Autocorrelation, Multifractality, Particulate matter, Road blockage

Citation Format(s)

Traffic control oriented impact on the persistence of urban air pollutants : A causeway bay revelation during emergency period. / Pan, Wei; Xue, Yu; He, Hong-Di; Lu, Wei-Zhen.

In: Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Vol. 51, 01.03.2017, p. 304-313.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal