Smoke plumes: Emissions and effects

  • Authors: O''Neill, Susan; Urbanski, Shawn; Goodrick, Scott; Larkin, Sim
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: Fire Management Today


Smoke can manifest itself as a towering plume rising against the clear blue sky-or as a vast swath of thick haze, with fingers that settle into valleys overnight. It comes in many forms and colors, from fluffy and white to thick and black. Smoke plumes can rise high into the atmosphere and travel great distances across oceans and continents. Or smoke can remain close to the ground and follow finescale topographical features.

  • Citation: O'Neil, Susan M.; Urbanski, Shawn; Goodrick, Scott; Larkin, Narasimhan K. 2017. Smoke plumes: Emissions and effects. Fire Management Today, 75(1): 10-15.
  • Posted Date: September 25, 2017
  • Modified Date: September 26, 2017
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