Ozone suppression (OS) - negative correlation between ozone (O-3) and temperature above a cutoff temperature (T-x) - has yet to be fully understood, causing large uncertainties in future global O-3 projection. Given China's serious air pollution and large population, its future O-3 projection has important implications on global population health. The level of OS in China under climate change needs to be better understood. We assess OS in China and develop hybrid models with OS to project future O-3 using downscaled climate projections. In 2015-2019, similar to 19% of cities in China show OS, of which 80% has T-x > 34 degrees C. Moreover, O-3 is projected to suppress more and up to 11.75% of future regional O-3 in high-emission scenarios in the late 21st century. Our findings highlight the essentiality to incorporate OS into chemical transport models for more accurate future O-3 projection.
Climate change, high temperature, ozone suppression