Special Issue "Black Carbon Aerosol Monitoring and Its Radiative Forcing Effects"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Aerosols".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (23 September 2021) | Viewed by 1940

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College of Geosciences and Surveying Engineering, China University of Mining & Technology, Beijing 100083, China
Interests: black carbon aerosol; aerosol radiative forcing; polarimetric remote sensing; atmospheric environment; environment ecology remote sensing; radiometric calibration
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Dear Colleagues,

Black carbon (BC) aerosols have a significant impact on humans, not only causing environmental pollution and reducing visibility, but also harming human health. However, current research on aerosols has received far less attention than that on other non-BC aerosols. It is widely accepted that BC should be monitored more accurately considering its large uncertainty in climate models. To identify BC’s climate effects, it is important to 1) determine BC concentrations with a monitoring equipment network or with cooperation worldwide; 2) establish retrieval algorithms from satellite-based remote sensing sensors to get spatiotemporal variations of BC; and 3) model the climate effects of BC.

The purpose of this issue is to focus on the monitoring and radiative forcing effects of BC. Monitoring results of BC in urban, rural, or special locations are within the scope of this Special Issue. Furthermore, radiative forcing calculation methods or results for specific locations, regional or global, are welcome, as are other topics related to BC monitoring.

Dr. Wei Chen
Guest Editor

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  • black carbon
  • aerosol
  • radiative forcing
  • radiative transfer
  • aerosol retrieval

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Equivalent Black Carbon Aerosol Properties and Their Relationship with the Heating Season in Urban Environments
Atmosphere 2021, 12(10), 1314; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12101314 - 08 Oct 2021
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Black carbon (BC) aerosols have a considerable impact on humans because they not only cause environmental pollution and reduce visibility but also harm human health. During the heating season in northern China, a large amount of coal is burned for heating, producing a [...] Read more.
Black carbon (BC) aerosols have a considerable impact on humans because they not only cause environmental pollution and reduce visibility but also harm human health. During the heating season in northern China, a large amount of coal is burned for heating, producing a large amount of BC. There are few studies on BC properties during the heating season. In this paper, BC is measured optically, so it is referred to as equivalent black carbon (EBC). This paper investigated EBC properties in depth during the heating and nonheating seasons of a typical urban environment in China with two years of EBC measurements. The results show that: (1) EBC aerosol concentrations during the heating season were significantly higher than those during the nonheating season. (2) The main sources of EBC aerosols throughout the year are liquid sources. During the heating season, solid sources (coal and biomass combustion) are dominant. (3) The proportion of brown carbon (BrC) produced by biomass energy during the heating season is greater than that during the nonheating season. (4) The resulting backward trajectory indicates that a large portion of the high EBC aerosol concentration sources originate from northern and northwestern China. Our results reveal that the characteristics and sources of EBC in the urban environment of northern China vary widely, suggesting that different measures should be taken to reduce BC aerosol concentrations during heating and nonheating seasons. Full article
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