1Laboratoire d'Aérologie, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, UMR5560, 14 avenue Edouard Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
2Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), Global Environment Monitoring Unit (GEM), TP 440 – Via Fermi, 2749, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
3Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Université d'Abomey-Calavi, BP 07-0094, Cotonou, Benin
4Université de Cocody Abidjan, UFR SSMT 22 bp 582 Abidjan 22, Ivory Coast
5Faculté des Sciences – Département de Physique, B.P. 10662 Niamey, Niger
6UPMC Univ. Paris 6; CNRS-INSU, LATMOS-IPSL, 75005 Paris, France
7NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, 80305-3337 Boulder, USA
8Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, 80309-0216 Boulder, USA
9LGIT, Maison des Géosciences, 38400 Saint Martin d'Heres, France
10KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute), Chemistry and Climate Division, P.O. Box 201, 3730 AE De Bilt, The Netherlands
Received: 12 Feb 2010 – Published in Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.: 22 Mar 2010
Abstract. African biomass burning emission inventories for gaseous and particulate species have been constructed at a resolution of 1 km by 1km with daily coverage for the 2000–2007 period. These inventories are higher than the GFED2 inventories, which are currently widely in use. Evaluation specifically focusing on combustion aerosol has been carried out with the ORISAM-TM4 global chemistry transport model which includes a detailed aerosol module. This paper compares modeled results with measurements of surface BC concentrations and scattering coefficients from the AMMA Enhanced Observations period, aerosol optical depths and single scattering albedo from AERONET sunphotometers, LIDAR vertical distributions of extinction coefficients as well as satellite data. Aerosol seasonal and interannual evolutions over the 2004–2007 period observed at regional scale and more specifically at the Djougou (Benin) and Banizoumbou (Niger) AMMA/IDAF sites are well reproduced by our global model, indicating that our biomass burning emission inventory appears reasonable.
Revised: 16 Sep 2010 – Accepted: 29 Sep 2010 – Published: 11 Oct 2010
Citation: Liousse, C., Guillaume, B., Grégoire, J. M., Mallet, M., Galy, C., Pont, V., Akpo, A., Bedou, M., Castéra, P., Dungall, L., Gardrat, E., Granier, C., Konaré, A., Malavelle, F., Mariscal, A., Mieville, A., Rosset, R., Serça, D., Solmon, F., Tummon, F., Assamoi, E., Yoboué, V., and Van Velthoven, P.: Updated African biomass burning emission inventories in the framework of the AMMA-IDAF program, with an evaluation of combustion aerosols, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 9631-9646, doi:10.5194/acp-10-9631-2010, 2010.