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The Multiresolution Emission Inventory for China – High Resolution (MEIC-HR) is an anthropogenic emission inventory for China for 2017. It is developed by the MEIC team of Tsinghua University and supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China and National Research Program for Key Issues in Air Pollution Control. The emission inventory has constructed a complete mapping from the Environmental Statistics (ES) database and National Census on Pollution Sources (NCPS) to emission calculation parameters, combined with macro-statistic data for total constraint and missing gaps. Through this, a comprehensive point source database that contains about 72785 industrial facilities is compiled, covering key sectors such as power, iron and steel, cement, coking, flat glass and non-ferrous metals. The point source database is coupled with the line sources and area sources in MEIC model to establish a complete high-resolution (0.1°×0.1°) database for China. Through the establishment of a point source database, the emission inventory effectively improves the accuracy for key sectors and reduces the errors caused by the use of spatial proxies in the traditional methods. MEIC-HR will support the city-level emission estimates, refined air quality management, and health risk assessment in China.

Ten chemical species are included in MEIC-HR, including both gaseous species and aerosol species: SO2, NOx, CO, NMVOC, NH3, PM10, PM2.5, BC, OC and CO2. NMVOC emissions are speciated into model-ready inputs for two chemical mechanisms: CB05 and SAPRC-99. Emissions are aggregated into five sectors: power, industry, residential, transportation, and agriculture. The annual gridded data at 0.1° spatial resolution enables multiscale modeling of air quality by chemical transport models.

If you have any questions, please contact Qiang Zhang ( or Bo Zheng ( in Tsinghua University.

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  • MEIC-HR is restricted to non-commercial purposes. Any uses of MEIC-HR inventory by business organizations are regarded as commercial purpose which needs prior authorization.
  • Users are not permitted to distribute the emission inventory data to any third-party.
  • Users must ensure the data integrity and independence when using the emission inventory. Without explicit and prior authorization, no organization or individual is allowed to integrate any forms of the data into other emission products or models.
  • Papers, reports or products using the data should cite the related publications of MEIC-HR.

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Zheng, B.; Zhang, Q.; Tong, D.; Chen, C.; Hong, C.; Li, M.; Geng, G.; Lei, Y.; Huo, H.; He, K., Resolution dependence of uncertainties in gridded emission inventories: a case study in Hebei, China. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 2017, 17 (2), 921-933.

Zheng, B.; Cheng, J.; Geng, G.; Wang, X.; Li, M.; Shi, Q.; Qi, J.; Lei, Y.; Zhang, Q.; He, K., Mapping anthropogenic emissions in China at 1 km spatial resolution and its application in air quality modeling. Science Bulletin 2021, 66 (6), 612-620.