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A 2007 aircraft-based study of plumes from biomass burning origin from Mexico and Central America advected over south Texas and the western Gulf of Mexico.

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dc.contributor.advisor Shauck, Maxwell Eustace.
dc.contributor.author Alvarez, Sergio L.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. Institute for Air Science. en
dc.date.copyright 2009-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/5326
dc.description.abstract Biomass burning is the burning of living and dead vegetation which includes grasslands, forests, and agricultural lands (Levin, 1998). It is a global phenomenon and serves a multitude of purposes such as clearing of forests and brushland for agricultural use; control of weeds; production of charcoal; and energy production for cooking and heating (Crutzen and Andreae, 1990). The Baylor Institute for Air Science (BIAS) equipped an aircraft to measure trace gases and aerosols during two science flights in the south Texas region. One science flight was flown to collect "background" continental and marine layer air data and the other to collect data in biomass-burning smoke plumes from Mexico and Central American countries. Measurements were taken in the geographic region along the US-Mexico Border and adjacent area over the western Gulf of Mexico. Results of this study indicate that individual smoke plumes may occur episodically over the Texas border region to Mexico under prevailing southeasterly wind directions. The origin of these plumes may be diverse ranging from individual local fire emissions to medium range transport of biomass burning. en
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dc.subject Burning of land --- Central America. en
dc.subject Burning of land --- Mexico. en
dc.subject Smoke plumes --- Central America. en
dc.subject Smoke plumes --- Mexico. en
dc.subject Air -- Pollution --- Mexico, Gulf of. en
dc.subject Air -- Pollution --- Texas --- Zapata County. en
dc.subject Air -- Pollution -- Analysis. en
dc.subject Transboundary pollution. en
dc.title A 2007 aircraft-based study of plumes from biomass burning origin from Mexico and Central America advected over south Texas and the western Gulf of Mexico. en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree I.M.E.S. en
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en
dc.contributor.department Air Science. en


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