Articles | Volume 20, issue 19
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 11201–11221, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-11201-2020

Special issue: New observations and related modelling studies of the aerosol–cloud–climate...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 11201–11221, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-11201-2020

Research article 30 Sep 2020

Research article | 30 Sep 2020

Absorption closure in highly aged biomass burning smoke

Jonathan W. Taylor et al.

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CLARIFY: in-situ airborne observations by the FAAM BAE-146 aircraft Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements, Natural Environment Research Council, and Met Office https://catalogue.ceda.ac.uk/uuid/38ab7089781a4560b067dd6c20af3769

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Every year, huge plumes of smoke hundreds of miles wide travel over the south Atlantic Ocean from fires in central and southern Africa. These plumes absorb the sun’s energy and warm the climate. We used airborne optical instrumentation to determine how absorbing the smoke was as well as the relative importance of black and brown carbon. We also tested different ways of simulating these properties that could be used in a climate model.
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