Articles | Volume 17, issue 10
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6423–6438, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-6423-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6423–6438, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-6423-2017

Research article 30 May 2017

Research article | 30 May 2017

Particulate emissions from large North American wildfires estimated using a new top-down method

Tadas Nikonovas et al.

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The study presents a new method for estimating particulate matter emissions from large wildfires. The method relies solely on satellite observations of fire activity and particles suspended in the atmosphere. The results indicate that temperate and boreal forest fires in North America emit similar amounts of particles per unit of fire radiative power. The findings differ from estimates by modelling studies which suggest much larger emissions for boreal events compared to temperate fires.
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