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Research article
15 May 2017
Research article |  | 15 May 2017

Microphysical characterization of long-range transported biomass burning particles from North America at three EARLINET stations

Pablo Ortiz-Amezcua, Juan Luis Guerrero-Rascado, María José Granados-Muñoz, José Antonio Benavent-Oltra, Christine Böckmann, Stefanos Samaras, Iwona S. Stachlewska, Łucja Janicka, Holger Baars, Stephanie Bohlmann, and Lucas Alados-Arboledas

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Andreae, M. O.: Biomass burning: Its history, use and distribution and its impact on environmental quality and global climate, in: Global Biomass Burning: Atmospheric, Climatic and Biospheric Implications, edited by: Levine, J. S., 3–21, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1991.
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Strong events of biomass burning aerosol transported from North American forest fires were detected during July 2013 at three European stations from EARLINET. Satellite observations and models were used to estimate the smoke sources and transport paths. Using lidar techniques and regularization algorithms, the aerosol layers were optically and microphysically characterized, finding some common features among the events, concerning the similar aging processes undergone by the particles.
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