On measurements of aerosol particles and greenhouse gases in Siberia and future research needs

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The role of the world's boreal forest for our understanding of the climate system is indisputable. Due to the large area covered, the forest's biophysical (e.g. surface energy balance, albedo) and biogeochemical (e.g. bidirectional exchange of greenhouse gases or aerosol precursors) processes are known to affect today's climate, and will need to be accounted for in studies of climate feedbacks in response to anthropogenic warming. However, observations that are needed to develop and evaluate terrestrial and climate models are still relatively scarce, especially for the Siberian part of the boreal forest. Here, we present a short overview of aerosol and greenhouse gas measurements over Siberia, aiming to also survey a large fraction of the existing literature in Russian. We aim to highlight areas of least data coverage and argue that, due to the importance of Siberia in the global climate system, a coordinated research program is needed to address some of the open research questions: The Pan Siberian Experiment.


  • Markku Kulmala
  • Pavel Alekseychik
  • Mikhail Paramonov
  • Tuomas Laurila
  • Eija Asmi
  • Almut Arneth
  • Sergej Zilitinkevich
  • Veli-Matti Kerminen
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  • Physical Geography
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-362
JournalBoreal Environment Research: An International Interdisciplinary Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch