Aerosol Black carbon is present in the atmosphere predominantly due to anthropogenic activity and is the second most important cause of atmospheric warming. Natural phenomena, such as volcanic eruptions, bush fires and desert dust also significantly contribute to the climate change in different ways.
The extent of the contributions and future scenarios are based on modelling which needs to be validated by measurements. Due to global transport of aerosols, the measurements of the remote areas of Asia are of
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Measurements over large unpopulated areas over Asia and Siberia in particular will help us understanding the background concentrations of Black Carbon and other carbonaceous pollutants and their contribution to climate change.
The planet Earth is getting warmer.
Black Carbon adds more than 1 W/m2 to the greenhouse effect.
Black Carbon is the second-largest contributor to global warming after CO2.
7 million people worldwide die every year due to air pollution.
Sea level is rising fast.
1 billion people are threatened by sea level rise.
Biomass burning, transport and industry emit large amounts of Black Carbon into air.