Interactions between biomass-burning aerosols and clouds over Southeast Asia: Current status, challenges, and perspectives

Neng Huei Lin, Andrew M. Sayer, Sheng Hsiang Wang, Adrian M. Loftus, Ta Chih Hsiao, Guey Rong Sheu, N. Christina Hsu, Si Chee Tsay, Somporn Chantara

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Abstract

The interactions between aerosols, clouds, and precipitation remain among the largest sources of uncertainty in the Earth's energy budget. Biomass-burning aerosols are a key feature of the global aerosol system, with significant annually-repeating fires in several parts of the world, including Southeast Asia (SEA). SEA in particular provides a ”natural laboratory” for these studies, as smoke travels from source regions downwind in which it is coupled to persistent stratocumulus decks. However, SEA has been under-exploited for these studies. This review summarizes previous related field campaigns in SEA, with a focus on the ongoing Seven South East Asian Studies (7-SEAS) and results from the most recent BASELInE deployment. Progress from remote sensing and modeling studies, along with the challenges faced for these studies, are also discussed. We suggest that improvements to our knowledge of these aerosol/cloud effects require the synergistic use of field measurements with remote sensing and modeling tools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-307
Number of pages16
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Volume195
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • 7-SEAS
  • Aerosol chemistry
  • Aerosol-cloud interaction
  • Biomass-burning aerosol
  • Remote sensing
  • Southeast Asia

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