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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-10621-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-10621-2016
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26 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 26 Aug 2016

Impacts of current and projected oil palm plantation expansion on air quality over Southeast Asia

Sam J. Silva, Colette L. Heald, Jeffrey A. Geddes, Kemen G. Austin, Prasad S. Kasibhatla, and Miriam E. Marlier

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We investigate the impacts of current (2010) and future (2020) oil palm plantations across Southeast Asia on surface–atmosphere exchange and air quality using satellite data, land maps, and a chemical transport model. These changes lead to increases in surface ozone and particulate matter. Oil palm plantations are likely to continue to degrade regional air quality in the coming decade and hinder efforts to achieve air quality regulations in major urban areas such as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
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