Overview of atmospheric aerosol studies in Malaysia

Known and unknown

Kasturi Devi Kanniah, Dimitris G. Kaskaoutis, Hwee San Lim, Mohd Talib Latif, Nurul Amalin Fatihah Kamarul Zaman, Ju Neng Liew

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Abstract

Atmospheric aerosols particularly those originated from anthropogenic sources can affect human health, air quality and the regional climate system of Southeast Asia (SEA). Population growth, and rapid urbanization associated with economic development in the SEA countries including Malaysia have resulted in high aerosol concentrations. Moreover, transboundary smoke plumes add more aerosols to the atmosphere in Malaysia. Nevertheless, the aerosol monitoring networks and/or field studies and research campaigns investigating the various aerosol properties are not so widespread over Malaysia. In the present work, we summarize and discuss the results of previous studies that investigated the aerosol properties over Malaysia by means of various instrumentation and techniques, focusing on the use of remote sensing data to examine atmospheric aerosols. Furthermore, we identify gaps in this research field and recommend further studies to bridge these knowledge gaps. More specifically gaps are identified in (i) monitoring aerosol loading and composition over urban areas, (ii) examining the influence of dust, (iii) assessing radiative effects of aerosols, (iv) measuring and modelling fine particles and (v) quantifying the contribution of long range transport of aerosols. Such studies are crucial for understanding the optical, physical and chemical properties of aerosols and their spatio-temporal characteristics over the region, which are useful for modelling and prediction of aerosols' effects on air quality and climate system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-318
Number of pages17
JournalAtmospheric Research
Volume182
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2016

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Keywords

  • Aerosols
  • Atmosphere
  • Climate change
  • Malaysia
  • Particulate matters
  • Remote sensing

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Overview of atmospheric aerosol studies in Malaysia : Known and unknown. / Kanniah, Kasturi Devi; Kaskaoutis, Dimitris G.; San Lim, Hwee; Latif, Mohd Talib; Kamarul Zaman, Nurul Amalin Fatihah; Liew, Ju Neng.

In: Atmospheric Research, Vol. 182, 15.12.2016, p. 302-318.

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Kanniah, Kasturi Devi ; Kaskaoutis, Dimitris G. ; San Lim, Hwee ; Latif, Mohd Talib ; Kamarul Zaman, Nurul Amalin Fatihah ; Liew, Ju Neng. / Overview of atmospheric aerosol studies in Malaysia : Known and unknown. In: Atmospheric Research. 2016 ; Vol. 182. pp. 302-318.
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