Combustion aerosol from experimental crown fires in a boreal forest jack pine stand
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Nicholas J. Payne; Brian J. Stocks; A. G. Robinson; M. Wasey; J. W. Strapp
Publication Year: 2004

Cataloging Information

  • aerosols
  • air quality
  • air temperature
  • black spruce
  • boreal forest
  • Canada
  • carbon
  • climate change
  • climatology
  • combustion
  • crown fires
  • duff
  • experimental areas
  • fire exclusion
  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire size
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel loading
  • fuel management
  • fuel moisture
  • humidity
  • ICFME - International Crown Fire Modeling Experiment
  • jack pine
  • Northwest Territories
  • overstory
  • particulates
  • Picea mariana
  • Pinus banksiana
  • smoke effects
  • smoke management
  • statistical analysis
  • understory vegetation
  • wind
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Combustion aerosol particles from boreal forest fires were quantified to facilitate investigation of the potential effects of increased fire activity caused by global warming, by providing data inputs for global and regional climate modelling of the direct and indirect effects. Aerial sampling was carried out in smoke plumes from 1-ha prescribed burns in mature jack pine stands. The three sampled burns resulted in crown fires, with fuel consumption from 4.2 to 5.8 (kg)(m-2). Accumulation and coarse mode aerosol was quantified using a passive cavity aerosol spectrometer probe and cascade impactor. The number median diameter of particles in the smoke plume was 0.29 um, and the peak number and cross-sectional area density occurred around a particle size of 0.4 um. More than 99% of particles sized had diameters <1.2 um. Aerosol from flaming combustion was coarser than that from the smouldering phase, with number median diameters of 0.3 and 0.2 um, respectively.

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Payne, Nicholas J.; Stocks, Brian J.; Robinson, A.; Wasey, M.; Strapp, J.W. 2004. Combustion aerosol from experimental crown fires in a boreal forest jack pine stand. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 34(8):1627-1633.

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