An observational and theoretical investigation of the evolution of biomass burning aerosol size distributions
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Biomass-burning aerosols contribute to aerosol radiative forcing on the climate system. The magnitude of this effect is partially determined by aerosol size distributions, which are functions of source fire characteristics (e.g. fuel type, MCE) and in-plume microphysical processing (occurring on a GCM sub-grid scale). The uncertainties in biomass-burning emission number size-distributions in climate model inventories lead to uncertainties in the CCN concentrations and forcing estimates derived from these models. This emphasizes the need for observational and modelling studies to better represent ...