Publication Abstracts

Novakov et al. 2003

Novakov, T., V. Ramanathan, J.E. Hansen, T.W. Kirchstetter, M. Sato, J.E. Sinton, and J.A. Satahye, 2003: Large historical changes of fossil-fuel black carbon aerosols. Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, no. 6, 1324, doi:10.1029/2002GL016345.

Anthropogenic emissions of fine black carbon (BC) particles, the principal light-absorbing atmospheric aerosol, have varied during the past century in response to changes of fossil-fuel utilization, technology developments, and emission controls. We estimate historical trends of fossil-fuel BC emissions in six regions that represent about two-thirds of present day emissions and extrapolate these to global emissions from 1875 onward. Qualitative features in these trends show rapid increase in the latter part of the 1800s, the leveling off in the first half of the 1900s, and the re-acceleration in the past 50 years as China and India developed. We find that historical changes of fuel utilization have caused large temporal change in aerosol absorption, and thus substantial change of aerosol single scatter albedo in some regions, which suggests that BC may have contributed to global temperature changes in the past century. This implies that the BC history needs to be represented realistically in climate change assessments.

Export citation: [ BibTeX ] [ RIS ]

BibTeX Citation

  author={Novakov, T. and Ramanathan, V. and Hansen, J. E. and Kirchstetter, T. W. and Sato, M. and Sinton, J. E. and Satahye, J. A.},
  title={Large historical changes of fossil-fuel black carbon aerosols},
  journal={Geophys. Res. Lett.},

[ Close ]

RIS Citation

ID  - no01000b
AU  - Novakov, T.
AU  - Ramanathan, V.
AU  - Hansen, J. E.
AU  - Kirchstetter, T. W.
AU  - Sato, M.
AU  - Sinton, J. E.
AU  - Satahye, J. A.
PY  - 2003
TI  - Large historical changes of fossil-fuel black carbon aerosols
JA  - Geophys. Res. Lett.
VL  - 30
IS  - 6
SP  - 1324
DO  - 10.1029%2F2002GL016345
ER  -

[ Close ]

• Return to 2003 Publications

• Return to Publications Homepage