Advances in Earth Science ›› 2014, Vol. 2014 ›› Issue (6): 662-673.

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Research Progress on Biomass Burning Records in Snow and Ice

Chao You 1, 2( ), Tandong Yao 1, Guangjian Wu 1   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Tibetan Environment Changes and Land Surface Processes, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101,China
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100049, China
  • Online:2014-06-10 Published:2014-06-10

Chao You, Tandong Yao, Guangjian Wu. Research Progress on Biomass Burning Records in Snow and Ice[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2014, 2014(6): 662-673.

Biomass burning releases large amount of greenhouse gases and smoke particles. Biomass burning emissions can change atmospheric chemicals, perturb atmospheric circulations and hydrological cycle, and impact radiation balance of earth system. Biomass burning is one of the main factors for earth climate and environmental process. Biomass burning emissions can be transported long-distance by atmospheric circulations, and finally be deposited on earth surface by gravity or by wet deposition. Biomass burning aerosols can be important compositions in sediment geochemistry. Biomarkers such as Black carbon, Potassium and Levoglucosan in snow and ice can be used to study biomass burning records on regional and global scale. Study on the modern process and historical records of biomass burning records in snow and ice can help us understand about global climate and environmental change process systematically. A review about the study progress on biomass burning in snow and ice for past 20 years was reported. This review mainly concerns about aspects of available proxies, main achievements in different regions and influences factors of biomass burning. The shortage of current studies for biomass burning history in Tibetan Plateau snow and ice records are summarized and main prospects for future studies are put for word.

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