Atmosphere, Volume 12, Issue 3 (March 2021) – 124 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Historic wildfires were recorded in Central Chile in the summer of 2017. From these records, satellite data and modeling revealed a massive plume, which affected atmospheric composition, meteorology and cloud cover over 2000 km and as high as 7 km altitude. The air quality in Santiago dramatically worsened across several consecutive days. Large amounts of pollutants were deposited over land and the ocean, having a wide range of possible environmental consequences. Fire-generated aerosols significantly thickened the clouds over the Pacific Ocean and decreased surface radiation over land, which has led to cooler temperatures and a shallower mixing layer. These implications are paramount for the future regional climate as events of this magnitude might begin to occur more frequently. View this paper
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