Suggestions for published research to be included in future Digests should be emailed to, with the subject line 'For SLCP Research Digest' we particularly welcome published research from non-English sources.

Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

General Information
2013 | Scientific Publications
Shoemaker, J.K., D.P. Schrag, M.J. Molina, V. Ramanathan

Summary - Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) include methane (CH4), black carbon (BC), tropospheric ozone, and hydro- fluorocarbons (HFCs). They are important contributors to anthropogenic...

2014 | Scientific Publications
Pierrehumbert, R.T.

Abstract - Although carbon dioxide emissions are by far the most important mediator of anthropogenic climate disruption, a number of shorter-lived substances with atmospheric lifetimes of under a...

2013 | Scientific Publications
Seddon, J. & Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Summary - Significant attention has been focused on fashioning multilateral agreements to slow CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. These efforts are essential for reducing long-term warming, but more...

Black Carbon
2014 | Scientific Publications
Romanenkov, V., D. Rukhovich, P. Koroleva, & J. L. McCarty

Abstract - High sensitivity of the Arctic region to short-lived climate forcers, including black carbon (BC), makes crop residue burning an important source of emissions. A high to moderate...

2014 | Scientific Publications
Stern, D. I., & R. K. Kaufmann

Abstract - We test for causality between radiative forcing and temperature using multivariate time series models and Granger causality tests that are robust to the non-stationary (trending) nature...

2014 | Scientific Publications
Buffaloe, G. M., D. A. Lack, E. J. Williams, D. Coffman, K. L. Hayden, B. M. Lerner, S.-M. Li, I. Nuaaman, P. Massoli, T. B. Onasch, P. K. Quinn, & C. D. Cappa

Abstract - Black carbon (BC) mass emission factors (EFBC; gBC (kgfuel)−1) from a variety of ocean-going vessels have been determined from measurements of BC and carbon diox- ide (CO2)...

2015 | Scientific Publications
Guttikunda, S. K.

Abstract - Brick manufacturing is the fastest-growing industrial sector in Bangladesh and among the major contributors to the air pollution and health problems in Dhaka, along with vehicle exhaust...

2014 | Scientific Publications
Zhou, Y. & H. Savijärvi

Abstract - The effect of aerosols on long wave (LW) radiation was studied based on narrowband LW calculations in a reference mid-latitude summer atmosphere with and without aerosols. Aerosols were...

2013 | Scientific Publications
Velders, G.J.M., S. Solomon, & J.S. Daniel

Abstract - Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are the primary cause of ozone depletion, and they also contribute to global climate change. With the global phaseout of CFCs and the coming phaseout of...

2015 | Scientific Publications
Brandt, A. R., G. A. Heath, E. A. Kort, F. O’Sullivan, G. Pétron, S. M. Jordaan, P. Tans, J. Wilcox, A. M. Gopstein, D. Arent, Wofsy, N. J. Brown, R. Bradley, G. D. Stucky, D. Eardley, R. Harriss

Summary - This study presents a first effort to systematically compare published CH4 emissions estimates at scales ranging from device- level (>103 g/year) to continental-scale atmospheric...

2014 | Scientific Publications
ICF International, Economic Analysis of Methane Emission Reduction Opportunities in the U.S. Onshore Oil and Natural Gas Industries, prepared for Environmental Defense Fund (2014).

Executive Summary – Methane is an important climate change forcing greenhouse gas (GHG) with a short‐term impact many times greater than carbon dioxide.  Methane comprised 9% of U.S....

Tropospheric Ozone

SLCP impacts

Air Pollution & Health
2014 | Scientific Publications
Lin, J., D. Pan, S. J. Davis, Q. Zhang, K. He, C. Wang, D. G. Streets, D. J. Wuebbles, & D. Guan

Abstract - China is the world’s largest emitter of anthropogenic air pollutants, and measurable amounts of Chinese pollution are transported via the atmosphere to other countries, including...

2013 | Scientific Publications
Wang, R., S. Tao, Y. Balkanski, P. Ciais, O. Boucher, J. Liu, S. Piao, H. Shen, M. R. Vuolo, M. Valari, H. Chen, Y. Chen, A. Cozic, Y. Huang, B. Li, W. Li, G. Shen, B. Wang, & Y. Zhang

Abstract - Black carbon (BC) is increasingly recognized as a significant air pollutant with harmful effects on human health, either in its own right or as a carrier of other chemicals. The adverse...

Regional Impacts

SLCP emission sources

2014 | Scientific Publications
Pittelkow, C. M., M. A. Adviento-Borbe, C. Van Kessel, J. E. Hill, & B. A. Linquist

Abstract - To meet growing global food demand with limited land and reduced environmental impact, agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are increasingly evaluated with respect to crop...

2014 | Scientific Publications
Ripple, W. J., P. Smith, H. Haberl, S. A. Montzka, C. McAlpine & D. H. Boucher

Summary - Greenhouse gas emissions from ruminant meat production are significant. Reductions in global ruminant numbers could make a substantial contribution to climate change mitigation goals and...

Biomass Burning & Cooking and Heating
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