Articles | Volume 18, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 17225–17257, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-17225-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 17225–17257, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-17225-2018

Research article 06 Dec 2018

Research article | 06 Dec 2018

Coarse-mode mineral dust size distributions, composition and optical properties from AER-D aircraft measurements over the tropical eastern Atlantic

Claire L. Ryder et al.

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Every year, millions of tons of Saharan dust particles are carried across the Atlantic by the wind, where they can affect weather patterns and climate. Their sizes span orders of magnitude, but the largest (over 10 microns – around the width of a human hair) are difficult to measure and few observations exist. Here we show new aircraft observations of large dust particles, finding more than we would expect, and we quantify their properties which allow them to interact with atmospheric radiation.
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