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23rd Annual Harold I Schiff Lecture Faculty of Science: Prof. Dr. Habil Astrid Kiendler-Scharr

October 31, 2013 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
103 Life Science Building
4700 Keele Street
York University, North York, ON M3J 1P3

Habil Astrid Kiendler-ScharrTitle:  Chemistry Climate Interactions: Biogenic Emissions and their Contribution to Secondary Organic Aerosol

Abstract:   Atmospheric aerosols impact climate directly by scattering and absorbing solar radiation and indirectly by acting as ice and cloud condensation nuclei. Secondary organic aerosols (SOA) comprise an important component of atmospheric aerosols. Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC) emitted by vegetation are a major source of SOA. It is known that BVOC emissions depend on climate, specifically on temperature and light. Therefore it is to be expected that a chemistry-climate interaction exists, in which climate change induces changes in BVOC emissions and thereby SOA formation, which feeds back to climate. The presentation details the state of the art knowledge on biogenic SOA and its climate relevance. The question whether climate induced changes in biogenic SOA formation may attenuate or amplify climate change is addressed based on experiments conducted in the Jülich Plant Atmosphere Chamber. Brochure - Y-File Article

Updated on August 6th, 2014.