Articles | Volume 22, issue 15
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 9969–9985, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-9969-2022

Special issue: The role of fire in the Earth system: understanding interactions...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 9969–9985, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-9969-2022
Research article
04 Aug 2022
Research article | 04 Aug 2022

Important role of stratospheric injection height for the distribution and radiative forcing of smoke aerosol from the 2019–2020 Australian wildfires

Bernd Heinold et al.

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The extreme 2019–2020 Australian wildfires produced massive smoke plumes lofted into the lower stratosphere by pyrocumulonimbus convection. Most climate models do not adequately simulate the injection height of such intense fires. By combining aerosol-climate modeling with prescribed pyroconvective smoke injection and lidar observations, this study shows the importance of the representation of the most extreme wildfire events for estimating the atmospheric energy budget.
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