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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2019-303
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Research article 04 Apr 2019

Research article | 04 Apr 2019

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Emission of trace gases and aerosols from biomass burning – An updated assessment

Meinrat O. Andreae1,2 Meinrat O. Andreae
  • 1Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
  • 2Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA

Abstract. Since the publication of the compilation of biomass burning emission factors by Andreae and Merlet (2001), a large number of studies has greatly expanded the amount of available data on emissions from various types of biomass burning. Using essentially the same methodology as Andreae and Merlet (2001), this paper presents an updated compilation of emission factors. The data from over 350 published studies were critically evaluated and integrated into a consistent format. Several new categories of biomass burning have been added, and the number of species for which emission data are presented has been increased from 93 to 121. Where field data are still insufficient, estimates based on appropriate extrapolation techniques are proposed. Based on these emission factors and published global activity estimates, I have derived estimates of pyrogenic emissions for important species emitted by the various types of biomass burning.

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Biomass burning is one of the largest sources of atmospheric pollutants worldwide. This paper presents an up-to-date compilation of emission factors for over 120 trace gas and aerosol species from the different forms of open vegetation fires and domestic biofuel use, based on an analysis over 350 published studies. Using these emission factors and current global burning activity data, the annual emissions of important species released by the various types of biomass burning are estimated.
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