I have been working on the development of emissions inventories from open fires for the use in atmospheric chemistry and air quality model applications.
My first paper describes an inventory and model for North and Central America (Wiedinmyer et al., Atmospheric Environment, 2006).
I have since developed the Fire INventory from NCAR version 1 (FINNv1). This is a daily global fire emissions model based on the MODIS rapid response fire counts from the University of Maryland. Emissions of trace gases and particulate species are available. Detailed speciation profiles for the SAPRC99, MOZART4, and GEOS-Chem mechanisms have been developed for easy application with regional and global models.
The inventories are being used for many purposes including:
- Quantifying the impact of the emissions on air quality
- Understanding measurements made in the field
- Quantifying carbon released by open fires
- Evaluating fire management practices
FINNv1 is running online with the MOZART-4 chemical transport model in forecast mode. To see real-time FINN plots and access data files, please go to FINNv1 Plots and FINNv1 Data.
Smoke from 2003 fires in southern California. (Image from NASA)
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