Wildland fires emit a substantial amount of atmospheric pollutants including carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH4), volatile organic compounds (VOC), nitrogen oxides (NOx), fine particulate matter (PM2.5), and black carbon particles (BC). These emissions have major impacts on regional air quality and global climate. In addition to being primary pollutants, the photochemical processing of NOx and VOC leads to the formation of ozone (O3) and secondary PM2.5. The most important criteria for assessing the impacts of fires on the regional and global environment are accurate, reliable information on the spatial and temporal distribution of fire emissions.
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