Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

, Volume 32, Issue 6, pp 643–649 | Cite as

Smog and Smoke Haze over the North China Plain in June 2007

  • G. I. GorchakovEmail author
  • A. V. Karpov
  • I. A. Gorchakova
  • R. A. Gushchin
  • O. I. Datsenko


According to satellite monitoring data (MODIS/Terra), the spatial distribution of the aerosol optical depth (AOD) at a wavelength of 550 nm for the summer smog of 2007 over the North China Plain (NCP) and adjacent areas has been obtained. Areas over which the AOD is higher due to regional anthropogenic contamination sources near Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the smoke haze forming due to agricultural burning (the southwest part of the NCP), have been revealed. The similarity of optical and microphysical characteristics of aerosol in the smoke haze over the NCP and in the Russian territory has been found: (i) the decisive contribution to the optical characteristics of smoke aerosol is made by the fine mode and (ii) the attenuation spectra in the wavelength region 340–1020 nm are approximated (in logarithmic coordinates) by parabolas or fourth degree polynomials. The monitoring data at the AERONET Beijing site show that the single scattering albedo in the summer smog over the NCP is on average less (0.91) than in the smoke haze in the Russian territory (0.95–0.96). The radiative regimes of the atmosphere are significantly different: in the smog, the aerosol radiative forcing efficiency is lower approximately by 30% at the top of the atmosphere and higher by 30% at the bottom of the atmosphere than in the smoke haze.


smog smoke haze aerosol fine mode coarse mode aerosol optical depth extinction spectrum extinction spectrum approximation single scattering albedo aerosol radiative forcing radiative forcing efficiency MODIS AERONET 



We are grateful to G.S. Golitsyn for the attention to this work.


The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. I. Gorchakov
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. V. Karpov
    • 1
  • I. A. Gorchakova
    • 1
  • R. A. Gushchin
    • 1
    • 2
  • O. I. Datsenko
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.MIREA Russian Technological UniversityMoscowRussia

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