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AS4.23

The Russian Heat Wave and Fires of 2010
Convener: Michael Fromm  | Co-Conveners: Brian Stocks , Meinrat Andreae , Marloes Gutenstein-Penning de Vries , Nikolai Elansky 
Oral Programme
 / Tue, 05 Apr, 13:30–15:00  / Room 19
Poster Programme
 / Attendance Tue, 05 Apr, 17:30–19:00  / Display Tue, 05 Apr, 08:00–19:30  / Halls X/Y
Russia was beset in 2010 by
anomalously persistent, extreme heat in European
as well as eastern Siberia
regimes. Consequently, landscape fire in these
biomes manifested unprecedented behavior in terms
of area burned, pollution of population centers,
property destruction and death. Also seemingly
unprecedented was the repeated occurrence of the
most extreme form of fire behavior, the
pyrocumulonimbus storm, both in western and
eastern Russia. This session will be devoted to
papers exploring the summer 2010 weather and fire
in Russia. Of particular interest will be
measurements and modeling of the impact of the
weather and biomass burning pollution on the
population. Questions we hope are addressed will
include: How unusual was the 2010 weather? What
were the meteorological conditions and
teleconnections? How did the type of fuels
burned and the fire behavior of 2010 compare with
other years? What is the possible connection of
the 2010 anomaly with global climate change? We
solicit papers on in situ measurements, remote sensing, and models.