Peat fire emissions may shed light on climate change

16 enero 2015

Researchers are beginning a study of the climatic effects of peat fire emissions. «This project is going to provide the much-needed information on peat smoke aerosol properties for integration in satellite retrieval algorithms and climate models,» the lead researcher says. «Based on my initial findings, I hypothesize the peat smoke is made up of brown carbon and not black carbon. Brown carbon is a class of organic carbon aerosol which, unlike black carbon, strongly absorbs incoming solar radiation in the shorter wavelengths, or near ultraviolet.»