Articles | Volume 22, issue 7
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-5071-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-5071-2022
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14 Apr 2022
Research article |  | 14 Apr 2022

A novel method of identifying and analysing oil smoke plumes based on MODIS and CALIPSO satellite data

Alexandru Mereuţă, Nicolae Ajtai, Andrei T. Radovici, Nikolaos Papagiannopoulos, Lucia T. Deaconu, Camelia S. Botezan, Horaţiu I. Ştefănie, Doina Nicolae, and Alexandru Ozunu

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In this study we analysed oil smoke plumes from 30 major industrial events within a 12-year timeframe. To our knowledge, this is the first study of its kind that uses a synergetic approach based on satellite remote sensing techniques. Satellite data offer access to these events, which are mainly located in war-prone or hazardous areas. Our study highlights the need for improved aerosol models and algorithms for these types of aerosols with implications on air quality and climate change.
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