Rawad Saleh works to advance understanding of the impacts of particulate wildland-fire emissions. With a special focus on brown carbon, Saleh and an interdisciplinary team are developing an optical distributions framework to calculate the light-absorption properties of brown carbon and its role in earth’s climate system.
“Wildland fires promote ecosystem health and resilience. On the other hand, smoke emissions are associated with impacts on public health and the climate,” Saleh said. “It is important to understand the interplay between the benefits and costs to guide planning for management and mitigation of wildland fires.”