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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-11083-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-11083-2016
Research article
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07 Sep 2016
Research article |  | 07 Sep 2016

Analysis of particulate emissions from tropical biomass burning using a global aerosol model and long-term surface observations

Carly L. Reddington, Dominick V. Spracklen, Paulo Artaxo, David A. Ridley, Luciana V. Rizzo, and Andrea Arana

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We use a global aerosol model evaluated against long-term observations of surface aerosol and aerosol optical depth (AOD) to better understand the impacts of biomass burning on tropical aerosol. We use three satellite-derived fire emission datasets in the model, identifying regions where these datasets capture observations and where emissions are likely to be underestimated. For coincident observations of surface aerosol and AOD, model underestimation of AOD is greater than of surface aerosol.
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