Articles | Volume 16, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5063–5073, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5063-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5063–5073, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5063-2016
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22 Apr 2016
Research article | 22 Apr 2016

Aerosol optical depth trend over the Middle East

Klaus Klingmüller et al.

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During the last decade, the Middle East experienced the strongest increase in atmospheric aerosol concentrations worldwide. Based on satellite observations, the present study corroborates this trend and reveals correlations with soil moisture and precipitation in and surrounding the Fertile Crescent. This suggests that the increasing drought conditions in this region have enhanced dust emissions, a tendency which is expected to be intensified by climate change.
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