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New UNEP report: Impacts of Sand and Dust Storms on Oceans

by Ernest Werner last modified Nov 06, 2020 01:24

Impacts of Sand and Dust Storms on Oceans: A Scientific Environmental Assessment for Policy Makers

 

UNEP report “The Impacts of Sand and Dust Storms on Oceans” has been released virtually today, Friday the 6th of November. The report is written by Dr. Nicholas Middleton, Professor at Oxford University and worldwide renown expert on Sand and Dust Storms.

"Each year, SDS carry an estimated average of half a billion tonnes of minerals and nutrients, organic and inorganic matter to the oceans. This desert dust has a range of effects on marine biodiversity. Dust provides a major source of externally supplied nutrients and trace metals. These elements are essential for all life forms and their atmospheric supply can exert control over ocean primary production via single-celled organisms collectively known as phytoplankton. This key metabolic process drives biogeochemical cycles in the oceans, including the carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorus and silicon cycles."

We invite you to download the report from the UNEP website: https://www.unep.org/resources/report/impacts-sand-and-dust-storms-oceans

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