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Brookhaven and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers sample regional wildfires in the Pacific Northwest

Stretching into fall, campaign will also sample agricultural burns in Tennessee

August 15, 2013 Share This!

  • Department of Energy's Gulfstream-1 research aircraft gets prepped to fly over wildfires out of the Pasco airport.

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In a sky near you, scientists are sampling smoke from forest fires and biomass burns to study its role in cloud formation and climate. 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 to study how particles called aerosols given off by wildfires evolve over time. After the Pacific Northwest, the researchers will conduct more flyovers in Tennessee to sample smoke from seasonal agricultural burns in the area. Called the Biomass Burning Observation Project, this data-gathering campaign will help researchers flesh out one of the least understood areas of climate, the role of aerosols. Click here to read more about the campaign supported by DOE's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility.

Using the DOE's Gulfstream-1 research aircraft, the research team has already flown over the Sunnyside fire in Oregon and the Colockum and Mile 28 fires in Washington, among several others. The campaign continues from Pasco through mid-September and from Tennessee in October. Click here to see the Climate Research Takes Flight video.

Tags: Energy, Environment, Fundamental Science, Climate Science, Aerosols

Interdisciplinary teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory address many of America's most pressing issues in energy, the environment and national security through advances in basic and applied science. Founded in 1965, PNNL employs 4,300 staff and has an annual budget of about $950 million. It is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. As the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information on PNNL, visit the PNNL News Center, or follow PNNL on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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