Articles | Volume 16, issue 14
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9201–9219, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-9201-2016

Special issue: Coupled chemistry–meteorology modelling: status and...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9201–9219, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-9201-2016

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 et al.

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 http://www.gmes-atmosphere.eu/about/project_structure/input_data/d_fire/

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 http://bai.acom.ucar.edu/Data/fire/

AERONET Ihab Abboud and Vitali Fioletov http://aeronet.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/type_one_station_opera_v2_new?site=Bratts_Lake&nachal=2&level=3&place_code=10

CALIPSO CALIPSO Science Team from the NASA Langely Atmospheric Science Data Cente http://www-calipso.larc.nasa.gov/products/lidar/browse_images/production/

MODIS AOD Giovanni online data system, developed and maintained by the NASA GES DISC http://giovanni.gsfc.nasa.gov/giovanni/

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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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