Articles | Volume 18, issue 16
Research article
20 Aug 2018
Research article |  | 20 Aug 2018

Wildfires as a source of airborne mineral dust – revisiting a conceptual model using large-eddy simulation (LES)

Robert Wagner, Michael Jähn, and Kerstin Schepanski


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AR by Robert Wagner on behalf of the Authors (26 Jul 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (03 Aug 2018) by Yves Balkanski
AR by Robert Wagner on behalf of the Authors (03 Aug 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
Wildfires can disturb the lower tropospheric wind conditions and are able to mobilize and inject mineral dust particles into the atmosphere. This study presents a conceptual model of fire-driven dust emissions using large-eddy simulations and evaluates how efficiently wildfires are able to modify the near-surface winds. The results show that typical threshold velocities necessary for dust emission are frequently exceeded and wildfires should be considered a source of airborne mineral dust.
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