Emission inventory

Satellite-derived agricultural fire emission estimates based on OMI HCHO over the North China Plain (2005-2012)

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The figure below illustrates emission estimates from agricultural fires in June over eastern China acording to the a priori estimate from Huang et al. (2012) and to our OMI-based product. The figure shows averages over the period 2005-2012 in molec. cm-2  s-1.


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About the data

Using satellite columns of HCHO retrieved from the OMI sensor (De Smedt et al. 2015) over 2005-2012 as constraints in the IMAGESv2 chemistry-transport model (cf. Stavrakou et al. 2015, 2014 for details on the model), we derive satellite-based CO emission estimates from agricultural fires on a monthly basis over the over the North China Plain (32-40N 112.5-120E)

Additional information:

The table below gives the OMI-based CO emission estimates from agricultural waste burning in Tg/month over the North China Plain (32-40N 112.5-120E)



Dataset citation

Stavrakou, T., J.-F. Müller, M. Bauwens, I. De Smedt, C. Lerot, M. Van Roozendael, P.F. Coheur, C. Clerbaux, K. F. Boersma, R. van der A, and Y. Song, Substantial Underestimation of Post-Harvest Burning Emissions in the North China Plain Revealed by Multi-Species Space Observations, accepted in Nature Sci. Rep., 2016. [link] [suplement]


  • Stavrakou, T., J.-F. Müller, M. Bauwens, I. De Smedt, M. Van Roozendael, M. De Mazière, C. Vigouroux, F. Hendrick, M. George, C. Clearbaux, P.-F. Coheur, and A. Guenther, How consistent are top-down hydrocarbon emissions based on formaldehyde observations from GOME-2 and OMI? Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 12007-12067, doi:10.5194/acpd-15-12007-2015, 2015. [Discussion][pdf]

  • De Smedt, I., T. Stavrakou, F. Hendrick, T. Danckaert, T. Vlemmix, G. Pinardi, N. Theys, C. Lerot, C. Gilelen, C. Vigouroux, C. Hermans, C. Fayt, J. P. Veefkind, J.-F. Müller, and M. Van Roozendael, Diurnal, seasonal, and long-term variation of global formaldehyde columns inferred from combined OMI and GOME-2 observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15,  12519-12545, doi:10.5194/acp-15-12519-2015, 2015. [Discussion][pdf]

  • Huang, X., Li, M., Li, J. and Song, Y., A high-resolution emission inventory of crop burning in fields in China based on MODIS Thermal Anomalies/Fire products. {\itshape Atmos. Environ., 50, 9--15, 2012.[pdf]