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Project Status: complete

Title: Determination of temperature, winds and particulate concentrations in connection with open field burning.

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Carroll, John J.

Contractor: UC Davis

Contract Number: ARB-2114

Research Program Area: Atmospheric Processes


An investigation of plume rise and smoke characteristics from open field burning of agricultural residues is reported. The design and execution of a program for measurement of smoke from such fires using a light twin-engined aircraft is described as well as the data analysis techniques and procedures. Two appendices are included, one containing sample soundings of the vertical distribution of temperature, wind, absolute humidity, and particulate concentrations; and the other data on particulate concentrations and size distributions ( for particles larger than 0.4 microns [Ķ] in diameter ) for individual fire plumes. The results are summarized as a qualitative analysis of plume rise from various types of fires under various meteorological conditions and as quantitative averaged comparisons of particulate emissions and their physical characteristics with fire type.

This report was submitted in fulfillment on ARB-2114 by the University of California, Davis, under partial sponsorship of the California Air Resources Board. Work was completed as of November, 1973.


For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Heather Choi at (916) 322-3893

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