Fire Aerosols Decrease Global Terrestrial Ecosystem Productivity through Changing Climate


Fire is the primary form of terrestrial ecosystem disturbance on a global scale, and a major source of aerosols from the terrestrial biosphere to the atmosphere.

Most previous studies have quantified the effects of fire aerosols on climate and atmospheric circulation, or on the regional and site-scale terrestrial ecosystem productivity.

So far, only one work has quantified the global impacts of fire aerosols on terrestrial ecosystem productivity. However, it did not consider fire aerosols' impacts through changing climate (e.g., cloud-aerosol interactions or climate feedbacks).

In a paper recently published in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters, Dr. LI Fang from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences provided the first quantitative assessment of fire aerosols on global ecosystem productivity that considers aerosols' climatic effects.

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