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Geoscientific Model Development An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 4245-4256, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-4245-2017
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Methods for assessment of models
24 Nov 2017
Source apportionment and sensitivity analysis: two methodologies with two different purposes
Alain Clappier et al.
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SC1: 'Inclusion of global studies may strengthen the paper', Volker Grewe, 22 Jul 2017 Printer-friendly Version Supplement 
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SC2: 'Path-Integral Method for source apportionment', Alan Dunker, 04 Sep 2017 Printer-friendly Version 
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ED: Publish as is (06 Oct 2017) by Gerd A. Folberth  
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This work demonstrates that when the relationship between emissions and concentrations is nonlinear, sensitivity approaches, generally used for air quality planning, are not suitable to retrieve source contributions and source apportionment methods are not appropriate to evaluate the impact of abatement strategies on air quality. A simple theoretical example is used highlighting differences and potential implications for policy.
This work demonstrates that when the relationship between emissions and concentrations is...
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