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ern, Switzerland;

Shane Byrne: Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.;

Kenneth Herkenhoff, Chris Okubo, and Moses Milazzo: U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.A.;

Kathryn Fishbaugh: Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.;

Nathan Bridges and Candice Hansen: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.;

Ingrid Daubar and Alfred McEwen: HiRISE Operations Center, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.

Source: Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) paper 10.1029/2008GL035790, 2008; http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2008GL035790


9. Influence of biomass burning and mineral dust found in West Africa

The African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA) is a major international campaign investigating far-reaching aspects of the African monsoon, climate, and hydrological cycle. During the dry season of January and February 2006, a special observing period was conducted (SOP0) involving several ground-based measurement sites across West Africa. These were augmented by aircraft measurements as part of the Dust and Biomass-Burning Experiment (DABEX) and modeling efforts using a range of global and mesoscale models. Through analyzing data collected from AMMA SOP0 and DABEX campaigns, Haywood et al. determine the aerosol transport pathways over West Africa, finding biomass burning aerosols lofted above undercutting dust-laden air. Aerosols from biomass burning appear to absorb significantly more radiation than those measured in other areas. The influence of both mineral dust and aerosols from biomass burning on the radiation budget was significant throughout the period, implying that meteorological models should include aerosol radiative ef
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