Articles | Volume 20, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 12955–12982, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-12955-2020

Special issue: Dust aerosol measurements, modeling and multidisciplinary...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 12955–12982, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-12955-2020

Research article 05 Nov 2020

Research article | 05 Nov 2020

Models transport Saharan dust too low in the atmosphere: a comparison of the MetUM and CAMS forecasts with observations

Debbie O'Sullivan et al.

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AR by Franco Marenco on behalf of the Authors (15 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (03 Aug 2020) by Nikos Hatzianastassiou
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (04 Aug 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (04 Aug 2020)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (20 Aug 2020) by Nikos Hatzianastassiou
AR by Franco Marenco on behalf of the Authors (21 Aug 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (04 Sep 2020) by Nikos Hatzianastassiou
AR by Franco Marenco on behalf of the Authors (08 Sep 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Mineral dust is an important component of the climate system, and we assess how well it is predicted by two operational models. We flew an aircraft in the dust layers in the eastern Atlantic, and we also make use of satellites. We show that models predict the dust layer too low and that it predicts the particles to be too small. We believe that these discrepancies may be overcome if models can be constrained with operational observations of dust vertical and size-resolved distribution.
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