Articles | Volume 15, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 12595–12610, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-12595-2015
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 12595–12610, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-12595-2015

Research article 12 Nov 2015

Research article | 12 Nov 2015

Toward enhanced capability for detecting and predicting dust events in the western United States: the Arizona case study

M. Huang et al.

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We developed Arizona dust records in 2005-2013 using multiple surface and remote sensing observation data sets. The inter-annual variability of dust events was anticorrelated with three drought indicators (PDSI, satellite NDVI and soil moisture), and stronger dust activity was found in the afternoon than in the morning due to stronger winds and drier soil. Impact of a recent dust event accompanied by a stratospheric ozone intrusion was evaluated with various observational and modeling data sets.
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