Articles | Volume 16, issue 14
Research article
26 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 26 Jul 2016

The importance of plume rise on the concentrations and atmospheric impacts of biomass burning aerosol

Carolin Walter, Saulo R. Freitas, Christoph Kottmeier, Isabel Kraut, Daniel Rieger, Heike Vogel, and Bernhard Vogel

Data sets

GFAS Johannes Kaiser, Angelika Heil, Guido van der Werf, Martin Schultz, Martin Wooster, Guido van der Werf, Rob Detmers, Ronan Paugam, Pedro Viterbo, and Samuel Remy

MOZART-4/GEOS-5 C. Wiedinmyer, S. K. Akagi, R. J. Yokelson, L. K. Emmons, J. A. Al-Saadi, J. J. Orlando, and A. J. Soja

AERONET Ihab Abboud and Vitali Fioletov

CALIPSO CALIPSO Science Team from the NASA Langely Atmospheric Science Data Cente

MODIS AOD Giovanni online data system, developed and maintained by the NASA GES DISC

Short summary
Buoyancy produced by vegetation fires can lead to substantial plume rise with consequences for the dispersion of aerosol emitted by the fires. To study this effect a 1-D plume rise model was included into the regional online integrated model system COSMO-ART. Comparing model results and satellite data for a case study of 2010 Canadian wildfires shows, that the plume rise model outperforms prescribed emission height. The radiative impact of the aerosol leads to a pronounced temperature change.
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