Articles | Volume 20, issue 10
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 6177–6191, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-6177-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 6177–6191, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-6177-2020

Research article 27 May 2020

Research article | 27 May 2020

Biomass-burning-induced surface darkening and its impact on regional meteorology in eastern China

Rong Tang et al.

Data sets

NCEP FNL Operational Model Global Tropospheric Analyses National Centers for Environmental Prediction/National Weather Service/NOAA/U.S. Department of Commerce https://rda.ucar.edu/datasets/ds083.2/

The Integrated Surface Database A. Smith, N. Lott, and R. Vose https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/isd

Upper airdata of soundings University of Wyoming http://weather.uwyo.edu/upperair/sounding.html

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Biomass-burning-induced large areas of dark char (i.e. surface darkening) could influence the radiative energy balance. During the harvest season in eastern China, satellite retrieval shows that surface albedo was significantly decreased. Observational evidence of meteorological perturbations from the surface darkening is identified, which is further examined by model simulation. This work highlights the importance of burning-induced albedo change in weather forecast and regional climate.
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