Special Issue "Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs): Characterization, Sources, and Atmospheric Transformation"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Atmospheric Techniques, Instruments, and Modeling".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 290

Special Issue Editors

Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science, Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, India
Interests: aerosol; black and brown carbon; secondary organic aerosol (SOA); emission inventory; source apportionment; radiative forcing
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Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science, Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer, India
Interests: atmospheric chemistry; atmospheric processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), including black carbon, organic carbon, sulfate, and nitrate, as well as gases like tropospheric ozone, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons, have short atmospheric lifetimes. However, they have a significant impact on air quality, food, water, and economic security for much of the world, both directly and indirectly through their negative effects on climate, public health, and agriculture. Due to their very short lifetime in the atmosphere, which ranges from a few days to a few decades, regulating SLCPs can rapidly slow the rate of global temperature rise, complement efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and limit warming to less than 2°C. The resources and tools necessary to mitigate the effects of SLCPs are already at our disposal, and they are accessible, realistic, and economical. Implementing them can have positive effects on the climate right away, aid in the completion of many global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and have positive impacts on human health and economy for millions. Due to the variety of potential SLCP precursors, human activities, and the complexity of atmospheric chemistry, gaps in our knowledge remain regarding the atmospheric evolution and transformation over the globe.

This Special Issue aims to discuss the observation of SLCPs at local, regional, and global levels, as well as their characterization, origins, and atmospheric transformation. We are especially interested in articles based on the understanding, environmental effects, and variability of SLCPs by long-term measurements combined with intensive campaigns and laboratory experiments to elucidate the relevant processes involved in rural and urban areas. This will lead to improved modeling tools to specifically assess the influences of SCLPs on climate, agriculture, health, and many SDGs.

We invite authors to contribute to the following topics:

  • Key SLCPs, including black carbon, brown carbon, and ozone precursors and their characterization in urban and rural areas.
  • Long-term field evaluation of low-cost BC, VOCs and radicals sensors.
  • Investigation of the transformation of SLCPs and its impact on climate with different meteorological conditions.
  • Satellite data to detect sources of key SLCPs (e.g., BC, ozone, CH4) and their impact on local and regional air quality.
  • Field and laboratory experiments for SCLPs and their impact on climate radiative forcing.

Dr. Jai Prakash
Dr. Chinmay Mallik
Guest Editors

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  • black carbon
  • brown carbon
  • tropospheric ozone and its precursors
  • methane emission
  • bc emissions from cookstoves and fossil fuel
  • brown carbon and ozone chemistry
  • source characterization of fossil fuels
  • emission inventory

Published Papers

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