Characterizing Regional-Scale Combustion Using Satellite Retrievals of CO, NO2 and CO2

Sam J. Silva, A. F. Arellano

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We present joint analyses of satellite-observed combustion products to examine bulk characteristics of combustion in megacities and fire regions. We use retrievals of CO, NO2 and CO2 from NASA/Terra Measurement of Pollution In The Troposphere, NASA/Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument, and JAXA Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite to estimate atmospheric enhancements of these co-emitted species based on their spatiotemporal variability (spread, σ) within 14 regions dominated by combustion emissions. We find that patterns in σXCOXCO2 and σXCOXNO2 are able to distinguish between combustion types across the globe. These patterns show distinct groupings for biomass burning and the developing/developed status of a region that are not well represented in global emissions inventories. We show here that such multi-species analyses can provide constraints on emission inventories, and be useful in monitoring trends and understanding regional-scale combustion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number744
JournalRemote Sensing
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2017


  • CO
  • CO
  • NO
  • biomass burning
  • combustion
  • greenhouse gases
  • megacities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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