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Satellite remote sensing of boreal forest fires over Northeast Asia during May 2003
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Paper Abstract

Massive smoke plume from forest fires reduced visibility on regional scale in Northeast Asia in May 2003 during boreal forest fire season in Siberia. Smoke aerosol events and their effects are investigated using satellite data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MODIS), Measurement of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT), Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES), and Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) over Northeast Asia. Extensive forest fires were detected from MODIS fire product (MOD14) data over Siberia. Aerosol optical thickness (AOT) of the smoke aerosol from fires can be retrieved from the MODIS Level 1 data by using the Bremen Aerosol Retrieval (BAER) algorithm. The retrieved mean AOT ranged from 2 to 4 over smoke plume covering Northeast Asia. Over most of the Northeast Asia, CO concentrations was about 3.0 molecules/cm2 in this region. The top-of-atmosphere (TOA) shortwave aerosol radiative forcing (SWARF) from CERES has been estimated. The mean TOA SWARF was about 130~290 W/m2 over smoke aerosol plume, indicating an aerosol cooling effect.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5652, Passive Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds IV, (30 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.580775
Show Author Affiliations
Kwon Ho Lee, Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (South Korea)
Jeong Eun Kim, Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (South Korea)
Young Joon Kim, Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (South Korea)
Jhoon Kim, Yonsei Univ. (South Korea)
Wolfgang von Hoyningen-Huene, Univ. of Bremen (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5652:
Passive Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds IV
Si Chee Tsay; Tatsuya Yokota; Myoung-Hwan Ahn, Editor(s)

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