Size distribution of particles emitted from grass fires in the Northern Territory, Australia

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Author(s)

  • Arinto Y.P. Wardoyo
  • Lidia Morawska
  • Zoran D. Ristovski
  • Milan Jamriska
  • Steve Carr
  • And 1 others
  • Graham Johnson

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8609-8619
Journal / PublicationAtmospheric Environment
Volume41
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

This study investigated particle size distributions from the burning of several grass species, under controlled laboratory conditions, and also in the field, conducted during the dry season in the Northern Territory, Australia. The laboratory study simulated conditions such as burning phases and burning rate, and particle diameter differed depending on the burning conditions. Under fast burning conditions, smaller particles were produced with a diameter in the range of 30-60 nm, while larger particles, with a diameter between 60 and 210 nm, were produced during slow burning. The airborne field measurements of biomass particles found that under the boundary layer most of the early dry season (EDS) particles came from fresh smokes with a count median diameter (CMD) of 83±13 nm, and most of the late dry season (LDS) particles came from aged smokes with a CMD of 127±6 nm. Vertical profiles of CMD showed that smaller particles were found higher within the atmosphere. These measurements provide insight into the scientific understanding of the properties of biomass burning particles in the Northern Territory, Australia. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Airborne measurement, Biomass burning, Northern Territory of Australia, Particle size distribution, Vertical profile

Citation Format(s)

Size distribution of particles emitted from grass fires in the Northern Territory, Australia. / Wardoyo, Arinto Y.P.; Morawska, Lidia; Ristovski, Zoran D.; Jamriska, Milan; Carr, Steve; Johnson, Graham.

In: Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 41, No. 38, 12.2007, p. 8609-8619.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review