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El Niño driven haze over the Southern Malaysian Peninsula and Borneo

Khan, Md Firoz, Hamid, Ahmad Hazuwan, Rahim, Haasyimah Ab, Maulud, Khairul Nizam Abdul, Latif, Mohd Talib, Nadzir, Mohd Shahrul Mohd, Sahani, Mazrura, Qin, Kai, Kumar, Prashant, Varkkey, Helena , Faruque, Mohammad Rashed Iqbal, Guan, Ng Chee, Ahmadi, Seyedeh Parisa and Yusoff, Sumiani (2020) El Niño driven haze over the Southern Malaysian Peninsula and Borneo Science of The Total Environment, 730, 139091.

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The Southeast Asian (SEA) region is no stranger to forest fires - the region has been suffering from severe air pollution (known locally as ‘haze’) as a result of these fires, for decades. The fires in SEA region are caused by a combination of natural (the El Niño weather pattern) and manmade (slash-and-burn and land clearing for plantations) factors. These fires cause the emissions of toxic aerosols and pollutants that can affect millions of people in the region. Thus, this study aims to identify the impact of the SEA haze on the Southern region of the Malaysian Peninsula and Borneo region of East Malaysia using the entire air quality observation data at surface level in 2015. Overall, the concentration of PM10 was about two-fold higher during the haze period compared to non-haze period. The concentrations of CO, flux of CO and flux of BC were aligned with PM10 during the entire observation period. The wind field and cluster of trajectory indicated that the Southern Malaysian Peninsula and Borneo were influenced mainly from the wildfires and the combustion of peat soil in the Indonesian Borneo. This study finds that wildfires from Borneo impacted the Southern Malaysian Borneo more seriously than that from Sumatra region.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
Khan, Md Firoz
Hamid, Ahmad Hazuwan
Rahim, Haasyimah Ab
Maulud, Khairul Nizam Abdul
Latif, Mohd Talib
Nadzir, Mohd Shahrul Mohd
Sahani, Mazrura
Qin, Kai
Varkkey, Helena
Faruque, Mohammad Rashed Iqbal
Guan, Ng Chee
Ahmadi, Seyedeh Parisa
Yusoff, Sumiani
Date : 15 August 2020
DOI : 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139091
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Uncontrolled Keywords : Aerosol; Trace gases; HazeWild Forest fires; Biomass burning; Peatland fires
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 02 Jun 2020 16:04
Last Modified : 02 Jun 2020 16:04

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