Asian Emission Inventory in 2006 for the NASA INTEX-B Mission

This emission inventory was prepared by Qiang Zhang and David G. Streets, Decision and Information Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory, for the INTEX-B project of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). For provision of some local inventories we express our gratitude to Akiyoshi Kannari, Independent Researcher, Tokyo, Japan; Zbigniew Klimont, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria; Il-Soo Park, Department of Environment, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Yongin-si, Republic of Korea; Shekar Reddy, UK Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, UK; and Fung-Luh Yeh of the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration. The China emission inventory was developed in collaboration with He Kebin, Chen Dan, Lei Yu, and Yao Zhiliang of Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Figures 1 shows the gridded total anthropogenic BC emissions, as an example. The inventory is available as a comma separated variable with 0.5° resolution.


Figure 1 Total 2006 Asia emissions of BC (Anthropogenic) (tonnes/year/0.5° cell)

The inventory does not yet include Far East Russia, but as the information becomes available it will be released.

For further information, please contact Qiang Zhang (qiangzhang at or David Streets (dstreets at

Update History

  • March 2014, speciated NMVOC emissions for eight chemical mechanisms for Asia in 2006 were available.

  • June 2009, updated to version 1.2. Korean emissions were updated to the year 2006.
  • May 2008, updated to version 1.1. A few errors in NOx emissions were fixed.
  • July 2007, a post mission emission inventory was released and available on ACESS website at University of Iowa.

  • Apr 2006, a preliminary emission inventory was developed for INTEX-B Campaign planning.

Emission Tables

Emission Change from TRACE-P Inventory

Important changes in emission have taken place since the 2000 TRACE-P emissions. The changes are summarizes here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The emission changes between the two inventories reflect a combination of: (a) actual growth in emissions due to increasing economic development, (b) the effects of replacing the TRACE-P inventory by local inventories in several countries, and (c) improvements and corrections made to the original TRACE-P inventory. The changes should not be viewed solely as real emissions growth. The 2006 inventory values are considered to be a reasonable reflection of the absolute magnitude of emissions in that year.

Download Data

This inventory is available for download. The download files include the emissions of SO2, NOx, CO, VOC, PM10, PM2.5, BC, and OC by sector (power, industry, residential, and transportation) and six speciated VOCs by sector files. See readme files for details.

NMVOC Speciation

Speciated NMVOC emissions for eight chemical mechanisms were developed using an explicit assignment approach and updated NMVOC profiles, based on the total NMVOC emissions in the INTEX-B Asian inventory. Data download and descriptions are available here.


Here list some examples of studies that use this inventory:

Chen, D., Wang, Y., McElroy, M. B., He, K., Yantosca, R. M., and Le Sager, P. (2009), Regional CO pollution and export in China simulated by the high-resolution nested-grid GEOS-Chem model, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 3825-3839

Zhang, L., Jacob, D. J., Boersma, K. F., Jaffe, D. A., Olson, J. R., Bowman, K. W., Worden, J. R., Thompson, A. M., Avery, M. A., Cohen, R. C., Dibb, J. E., Flocke, F. M., Fuelberg, H. E., Huey, L. G., McMillan, W. W., Singh, H. B., and Weinheimer, A. J. (2008), Transpacific transport of ozone pollution and the effect of recent Asian emission increases on air quality in North America: an integrated analysis using satellite, aircraft, ozonesonde, and surface observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 6117-6136

van Donkelaar, A., Martin, R. V., Leaitch, W. R., Macdonald, A. M., Walker, T. W., Streets, D. G., Zhang, Q., Dunlea, E. J., Jimenez, J. L., Dibb, J. E., Huey, L. G., Weber, R., and Andreae, M. O. (2008), Analysis of aircraft and satellite measurements from the Intercontinental Chemical Transport Experiment (INTEX-B) to quantify long-range transport of East Asian sulfur to Canada, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 2999-3014


This inventory dataset is documented in and should be cited:

Zhang, Q., D. G. Streets, G. R. Carmichael, K. B. He, H. Huo, A. Kannari, Z. Klimont, I. S. Park, S. Reddy, J. S. Fu, D. Chen, L. Duan, Y. Lei, L. T. Wang, and Z. L. Yao (2009), Asian emissions in 2006 for the NASA INTEX-B mission, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 5131-5153.

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