Articles | Volume 13, issue 6
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 2895–2907, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-2895-2021

Special issue: Surface emissions for atmospheric chemistry and air quality...

Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 2895–2907, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-2895-2021

Data description paper 17 Jun 2021

Data description paper | 17 Jun 2021

Changes in China's anthropogenic emissions and air quality during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

Bo Zheng et al.

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AR by Bo Zheng on behalf of the Authors (17 May 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (23 May 2021) by Nellie Elguindi
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Here we report the monthly anthropogenic pollutant emissions in China during the COVID-19 pandemic by using a bottom-up approach based on near-real-time data. The COVID lockdowns were estimated to have reduced China's emissions substantially between January and March in 2020, with the largest reduction in February. With the spread of coronavirus controlled, China's anthropogenic emissions rebounded in April and since then returned to levels comparable to those of 2019 through December 2020.