Physical processes in the near-earth environment associated with March–April 2003 Iraq war

1Chernogor, LF
1V.N. Karazin National University of Kharkiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Publication Language: Russian
Atmospheric effects associated with rocket bombing attacks and ensuing fires are estimated. Energetics of physical processes involved and the mass of the dust, smoke, and chemicals which were ejected into the atmosphere are calculated. Disturbances in atmospheric electric fields as well as fluxes of acoustic gravity and electromagnetic waves are estimated. Ecological impacts on the atmosphere are discussed. The energetics of the secondary processes caused by solar radiation screening is established to exceed the energetics of the primary processes by three to five orders of magnitude. Oil well fires are noted to have the major ecological impact. The results demonstrate that effects of modern regional non-nuclear wars on the atmosphere may be significant.
Keywords: atmospheric effects, ecological impact, near-earth environment
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