Air Quality and Climate Impact of Charcoal Production in Africa
Demand for charcoal in Africa is growing at a rate of 7 percent per year. Its production and use releases large quantities of pollutants. This includes burning plastic to initiate combustion and transport to urban centres in diesel trucks. We develop a new inventory of emissions of these pollutants and precursors and apply it to the GEOS-Chem chemical transport model to determine the impact of the charcoal supply chain on air quality and reagional climate in 2014 and in the future (2030).
People: Alfred Bockarie
Funding: Islamic Development Bank PhD Scholarship awarded to Alfred
External Collaborators: Rob MacKenzie
New Datasets: Charcoal Emission Inventory for Africa in 2014
Bockarie, A. S., E. A. Marais, A. R. MacKenzie, Air quality and climate impact of charcoal use in Africa, in progress.