Articles | Volume 18, issue 9
Research article
08 May 2018
Research article |  | 08 May 2018

Meteorological controls on atmospheric particulate pollution during hazard reduction burns

Giovanni Di Virgilio, Melissa Anne Hart, and Ningbo Jiang


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AR by Giovanni Di Virgilio on behalf of the Authors (22 Jan 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (30 Jan 2018) by Yun Qian
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (20 Mar 2018)
ED: Publish as is (21 Mar 2018) by Yun Qian
AR by Giovanni Di Virgilio on behalf of the Authors (31 Mar 2018)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Hazard reduction burns (HRBs) may prevent wildfires, but both generate PM2.5 air pollution. We identify the meteorological factors linked to high PM2.5 pollution & assess how they differ between HRB days with low vs. high PM2.5. Boundary layer, cloud cover, temperature & wind speed strongly influence PM2.5, with these factors being more variable & higher in magnitude during mornings & evenings of HRB days when PM2.5 remains low, indicating how HRB timing can be altered to reduce air pollution.
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