Smoke and clouds above the Southeast Atlantic: upcoming field campaigns probe absorbing aerosol’s impact on climate
Haywood, James M.
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
American Meteorological Societ
From July through October, smoke from biomass burning fires on the southern African sub-continent are transported westward through the free troposphere over one of the largest stratocumulus cloud decks on our planet. Biomass burning aerosol (smoke) absorbs shortwave radiation efficiently. This fundamental property implicates smoke within myriad small-scale processes with potential large-scale impacts on climate that are not yet well-understood. A coordinated, international team of scientists from the United States, United Kingdom, France, South Africa and Namibia will provide an unprecedented interrogation of this smoke-and-cloud regime from 2016 to 2018, using multiple aircraft and surface-based instrumentation suites to span much of the breadth of the southeast Atlantic.