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Roland Vernooij, MSc

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Wildland fires, are one of the main sources of greenhouse gases and primary organic aerosol emissions to the atmosphere. Globally, tropical savannas account for a large proportion of the annual BB emissions. Besides the harmful impact of biomass burning aerosols on air pollution and human health, aerosol-induced radiative forcing is thought to be one of the major drivers affecting climate change. For my current research, we build and test drones to measure greenhouse gas and aerosol emission factors from savanna fires. Over the past years, I have collected a large dataset of over 3000 measurements of EF and fuel conditions, spanning different savanna ecosystems in Brazil and Southern Africa. The focus of my research is finding out what drives the variability in biomass burning emission factors, and how we can better capture this in regional to global emission models. 

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Academic qualification

Energy science, Master, Utrecht University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2015

Earth sciences, Bachelor, University of Amstderdam

Award Date: 1 Jul 2012


  • Q Science (General)
  • Drones
  • Fire
  • Smoke
  • RPAS
  • Climate
  • wildfires
  • emission factors


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