Grandey, B. S., H.-H. Lee and C. Wang, Radiative effects of interannually varying vs. interannually invariant aerosol emissions from fires, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, doi:10.5194/acp-16-14495-2016
A news release, written by Mark Dwortzan, can be read via MIT News and
the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change news page.
Wildfires emit organic carbon aerosols, small particles suspended in the atmosphere. These aerosols may cool the climate system via interactions with sunlight and clouds. We have used a global climate model to investigate the cooling effects of these aerosols. We find that ignoring interannual variability of the emissions may lead to an overestimation of the cooling effect of the aerosols emitted by fires.