SpecialSession at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting

8-12 December 2003, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Thisinitiative intends to bring together researchers from a wide range ofcommunities studying formation and the atmospheric impacts of biomass burningplumes.

SessionA10: Effects of Biomass Burning Plumes on the Troposphere and Stratosphere

Theinjection of biomass burning plumes, especially from boreal forest fires, intothe troposphere and lower stratosphere poses many challenges to atmosphericresearch. In this session we encourage abstracts of the latest research on thefollowing topics:

(1)   detection,frequency, maximum altitude and geographic distribution of such events and theirimportance for global budgets 

(2)   insitu and remote sensing measurements of composition, and air qualityaspects 

(3)   long-rangetransport of the plumes, and radiative forcing and other implications 

(4)   detailsof high altitude lofting and injection processes, what is the role of thefires?, and what are the similarities/distinctions with volcanic eruptiveprocesses?

(5)   theimpact of the plumes on atmospheric chemistry.

Abstractcan be submitted directly on the AGU web site:

no laterthan 4 September 2003 14:00 UTC.


Hans-Jürg Jost
BAER Institute
NASA Ames Research Center MS 245-5
Moffett Field, California 94035

Tel: +1-650-604-0697


Mike Fromm
Computational Physics, Inc.
8001 Braddock Rd. Suite 210 
Springfield, Virginia 22151

Tel: +1-202-404 1389


Katja Drdla
NASA Ames Research Center
MS 245-4
Moffett Field, California 94035


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