Articles | Volume 20, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3317–3332, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-3317-2020

Special issue: TROPOMI on Sentinel-5 Precursor: first year in operation (AMT/ACP...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3317–3332, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-3317-2020

Research article 20 Mar 2020

Research article | 20 Mar 2020

Severe Californian wildfires in November 2018 observed from space: the carbon monoxide perspective

Oliver Schneising et al.

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TROPOMI/WFMD XCH4 and XCO v1.2 O. Schneising http://www.iup.uni-bremen.de/carbon_ghg/products/tropomi_wfmd/

Short summary
As a consequence of climate change, droughts in California are occurring more often, providing ample fuel for destructive wildfires. The associated smoke is reducing air quality as it contains pollutants considered harmful to public health and the environment such as carbon monoxide (CO). We analyse the statewide distribution of CO during the first days of two specific wildfires using satellite measurements and assess the corresponding air quality burden in major Californian cities.
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