Articles | Volume 17, issue 19
Research article
13 Oct 2017
Research article |  | 13 Oct 2017

IASI-derived NH3 enhancement ratios relative to CO for the tropical biomass burning regions

Simon Whitburn, Martin Van Damme, Lieven Clarisse, Daniel Hurtmans, Cathy Clerbaux, and Pierre-François Coheur


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AR by Simon Whitburn on behalf of the Authors (07 Aug 2017)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (25 Aug 2017) by Rolf Müller
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (25 Aug 2017)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (04 Sep 2017)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (07 Sep 2017) by Rolf Müller
AR by Simon Whitburn on behalf of the Authors (08 Sep 2017)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Vegetation fires are a major source of NH3 in the atmosphere. A key parameter for the calculation of their emissions, which are still uncertain, is the NH3 enhancement ratio relative to carbon monoxide (CO), ERNH3 / CO. Here we derive new ERNH3 / CO ratios for large tropical regions from the measurements of IASI. We find important variability between and within the studied biomes, as well as interannual variability. This highlights the need for the development of dynamic ERNH3 / CO ratios.
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