Articles | Volume 17, issue 10
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, Peter R. J. North, and Stefan H. Doerr


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Short summary
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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