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Satellite remote sensing of atmospheric pollution: the far-reaching impact of burning in southern Africa
Author(s): Jack Fishman; Jassim A. Al-Saadi; Doreen O. Neil; John K. Creilson; Kurt Severance; Larry W Thomason; David R. Edwards
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Paper Abstract

When the first observations of a tropospheric trace gas were obtained in the 1980s, carbon monoxide enhancements from tropical biomass burning dominated the observed features. In 2005, an active remote-sensing system to provide detailed information on the vertical distribution of aerosols and clouds was launched, and again, one of the most imposing features observed was the presence of emissions from tropical biomass burning. This paper presents a brief overview of space-borne observations of the distribution of trace gases and aerosols and how tropical biomass burning, primarily in the Southern Hemisphere, has provided an initially surprising picture of the distribution of these species and how they have evolved from prevailing transport patterns in that hemisphere. We also show how interpretation of these observations has improved significantly as a result of the improved capability of trajectory modeling in recent years and how information from this capability has provided additional insight into previous measurements form satellites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7089, Remote Sensing of Fire: Science and Application, 708903 (27 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.799499
Show Author Affiliations
Jack Fishman, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Jassim A. Al-Saadi, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Doreen O. Neil, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
John K. Creilson, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Kurt Severance, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Larry W Thomason, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
David R. Edwards, National Center for Atmospheric Research (United States)

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

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