US wildfire smoke set to reach Europe this weekend: The severe wildfires smoke from the US is set to reach Europe this weekend.
A new report by the EU climate monitoring service Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) has found, which suggests the California and Oregon fires have already emitted ‘far more carbon’ in 2020 than in any other year since CAMS records begin in 2003 .
Fire activity this year has been tens to hundreds of times more intense findings also reveal, than the average recorded the last 16 years in the US.
— Copernicus ECMWF (@CopernicusECMWF) September 16, 2020
An ‘enormous’ area has already been affected by heavy smoke released by the fires, data from satellite shows.
Mark Parrington, CAMS Senior Scientist said: “A good indicator of smoke thickness is aerosol optical depth (AOD). Over the Western US, AOD levels have been observed to reach values of seven or above. To put this into perspective, an AOD measurement of one already implies very hazy conditions and potentially poor air quality.
“The fact that these fires are emitting so much pollution into the atmosphere that we can still see thick smoke over 8,000 kilometres away reflects just how devastating they have been in their magnitude and duration.”
US wildfire smoke set to reach Europe this weekend