Articles | Volume 8, issue 3
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 549–577, 2015
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 549–577, 2015

Development and technical paper 12 Mar 2015

Development and technical paper | 12 Mar 2015

Characterising Brazilian biomass burning emissions using WRF-Chem with MOSAIC sectional aerosol

S. Archer-Nicholls et al.

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The regional WRF-Chem model was used to study aerosol particles from biomass burning in South America. The modelled estimates of fire plume injection heights were found to be too high, with serious implications for modelled aerosol vertical distribution, transport and impacts on local climate. A modified emission scenario was developed which improved the predicted injection height. Model results were compared and evaluated against in situ measurements from the 2012 SAMBBA flight campaign.