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The impact of satellite-derived biomass burning emission estimates on air quality
Author(s): George Pouliot; Thomas Pierce; Xiaoyang Zhang; Shobha Kondragunta; Christine Wiedinmyer; Thompson Pace; David Mobley
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Paper Abstract

Various methods to generate satellite-based biomass burning emission estimates have recently been developed for their use in air quality models. Each method has different assumptions, data sources, and algorithms. This paper compares three different satellitebased biomass burning emission estimates against a control case of no biomass burning and ground-based biomass estimate in an air quality model. We have chosen August 2002 for comparison, since all data sets were readily available. In addition, there was significant wildfire activity during this month. Our results suggest that there is large uncertainty in the emission estimates which results in both under-prediction and over-prediction of PM2.5 concentration fields.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7089, Remote Sensing of Fire: Science and Application, 70890F (27 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.795395
Show Author Affiliations
George Pouliot, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)
Thomas Pierce, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)
Xiaoyang Zhang, Earth Resources Technology, Inc. at NOAA/NESDIS (United States)
Shobha Kondragunta, NOAA/NESDIS (United States)
Christine Wiedinmyer, National Ctr. of Atmospheric Research (United States)
Thompson Pace, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)
David Mobley, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7089:
Remote Sensing of Fire: Science and Application
Wei Min Hao, Editor(s)

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