Researchers studying the effects of wildfire smoke on cloud formation

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are flying over fires this summer in the Pacific Northwest and Tennessee to study how particles called aerosols given off by wildfires and agricultural burns evolve over time. The Biomass Burning Observation Project will gather data to help researchers flesh out one of the least understood areas of climate, the role of aerosols in cloud formation and climate.

Recently the researchers have sampled smoke generated by the Milemarker 28 and Colockum Tarps Fires in Washington, and the Elk and Pony Complexes in Idaho.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.