Articles | Volume 16, issue 15
Research article
11 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 11 Aug 2016

Atmospheric CH4 and CO2 enhancements and biomass burning emission ratios derived from satellite observations of the 2015 Indonesian fire plumes

Robert J. Parker, Hartmut Boesch, Martin J. Wooster, David P. Moore, Alex J. Webb, David Gaveau, and Daniel Murdiyarso


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Short summary
The current El Niño event has had a dramatic impact on the amount of Indonesian biomass burning and subsequent greenhouse gas emission. We have used satellite observations of CH4 and CO2 of these fires to probe aspects of their chemical composition. We show large enhancements in the amount of these species, due to the fire emissions. The ability to determine large-scale emission ratios from space allows the combustion behaviour of very large regions of burning to be characterised and understood.
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