Articles | Volume 16, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8227–8248, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8227-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8227–8248, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8227-2016

Research article 08 Jul 2016

Research article | 08 Jul 2016

Inventory of African desert dust events in the north-central Iberian Peninsula in 2003–2014 based on sun-photometer–AERONET and particulate-mass–EMEP data

Victoria E. Cachorro et al.

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This study presents the first desert dust (DD) long-term inventory simultaneously using columnar aerosol optical depth (AOD) and the Ångström exponent and surface particulate-matter (PM) concentrations. The DD contribution to the aerosol load is evaluated in the period 2003–2014 for columnar and surface data, analysing the correlation between DD contributions to AOD and PM10. Saharan mineral dust can explain up to 30 % of the total aerosol load decrease observed in the study area.
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