Atmospheric chemistry over southern Africa

Charles K. Gatebe, Robert C. Levy, Anne Mee Thompson

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Changing Chemistry in a Changing Climate: Human and Natural Impacts Over Southern Africa (C4-SAR); Midrand, South Africa, 31 May to 3 June 2011 During the southern African dry season, regional haze from mixed industrial pollution, biomass burning aerosol and gases from domestic and grassland fires, and biogenic sources from plants and soils is worsened by a semipermanent atmospheric gyre over the subcontinent. These factors were a driver of several major international field campaigns in the 1990s and early 2000s and attracted many scientists to the region. Some researchers were interested in understanding fundamental processes governing chemistry of the atmosphere and interaction with climate change. Others found favorable conditions for evaluating satellite-derived measurements of atmospheric properties and a changing land surface. With that background in mind a workshop on atmospheric chemistry was held in South Africa. Sponsored by the International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (ICACGP; http://www.icacgp.org/), the workshop received generous support from Eskom, the South African power utility; and the Climatology Research Group of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalEos
Volume93
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 21 2012

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atmospheric chemistry
haze
biomass burning
gyre
climatology
dry season
land surface
synthetic aperture radar
grassland
aerosol
pollution
climate change
atmosphere
climate
gas
Africa
Southern Africa
soil

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Gatebe, C. K., Levy, R. C., & Thompson, A. M. (2012). Atmospheric chemistry over southern Africa. Eos, 93(10). https://doi.org/10.1029/2012EO100008
Gatebe, Charles K. ; Levy, Robert C. ; Thompson, Anne Mee. / Atmospheric chemistry over southern Africa. In: Eos. 2012 ; Vol. 93, No. 10.
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