Commentary on "Improving the seasonal cycle and interannual variations of biomass burning aerosol sources" by Generoso et al. L. Giglio and J. D. Kendall Science Systems and Applications, Inc., NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 923, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
Abstract. In a recent published paper, Generoso et al. (2003) describe a method for improving
the spatial and temporal distribution of pyrogenic aerosol emission
inventories. In the course of their analysis, the authors note several
significant discrepancies in the seasonality of burning as observed by the
Visible and Infrared Scanner (VIRS) and four other biomass burning data sets
derived from satellite observations.
In this commentary we explain the source of these discrepancies and clarify the
origin of the VIRS observations that were used by Generoso et al.
Citation: Giglio, L. and Kendall, J. D.: Commentary on "Improving the seasonal cycle and interannual variations of biomass burning aerosol sources" by Generoso et al., Atmos. Chem. Phys., 4, 585-587, doi:10.5194/acp-4-585-2004, 2004.