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Atmosphere. Special issue "Studying the Effects of Dust on Weather, Climate, and Air Pollution"

by Enric Terradellas last modified Nov 27, 2018 02:56 PM


Research on dust aerosols has received more and more attention due to their impact on air pollution, public health, ecosystems, as well as weather and climate. Among them, this Special Issue features current efforts towards understanding the effects of dust on weather, climate, and air pollution with the aim to bring more attention from the operational and research communities to this important subject. Dust aerosols can directly interact with radiation, modifying the thermal and dynamical structure of the atmosphere. In addition, suspended dust particles can serve as both cloud condensation and ice nuclei, thus potentially altering cloud microphysical processes. All of these dust-induced changes are likely to change the energy budget of the atmosphere and surface and affect cloud properties, storm life cycles, and precipitation charateristics. While mineral dust aerosols are often most abundant over and near source regions (e.g., the Sahara Desert and the Gobi Desert), they can be transported far from such areas, giving dust the potential to affect weather and climate over large portions of the earth. The effects of dust–radiation–cloud interactions on weather and climate have been studied, but our understanding of how these dust physical processes modify weather and climate is still limited and requires additional investigation. Due to the large, daunting uncertainty in long-term climate simulations introduced by aerosol–radiation–cloud interactions, this Special Issue focuses on advancing our understanding of the dust physical processes, solidifying the foundation for dust modeling, and understanding the effects of dust on climate and weather.

Moreover, dust impacts air quality both in local source regions and in large areas downwind, due to long-range transport. Dust prediction and observations can help constrain the relative contribution of this important aerosol type to total pollution. Local impacts can also induce airport closures and increased traffic accidents related to poor visibility.

Manuscripts related to the effects of dust on air quality, weather, and climate spanning from obs

Prof. Shu-Hua Chen, UC Davis, Department of Land, Davis, USA
Dr. Angela Benedetti, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Reading, UK
Dr. Sara Basart, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Barcelona, Spain (guest editors)

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  • dust
  • aerosol
  • dust-cloud-radiation interaction
  • thermal wind
  • cloud condensation nuclei
  • ice nuclei
  • radiation
  • microphysics
  • weather
  • climate
  • air pollution

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