Articles | Volume 20, issue 23
Research article
07 Dec 2020
Research article |  | 07 Dec 2020

North African mineral dust sources: new insights from a combined analysis based on 3D dust aerosol distributions, surface winds and ancillary soil parameters

Sophie Vandenbussche, Sieglinde Callewaert, Kerstin Schepanski, and Martine De Mazière


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Short summary
Mineral dust aerosols blown mostly from desert areas are a key player in the climate system. We use a new desert dust aerosol low-altitude concentration data set as well as additional information on the surface state and low-altitude winds to infer desert dust emission and source maps over North Africa. With 9 years of data, we observe a full seasonal cycle of dust emissions, differentiating morning and afternoon/evening emissions and providing a first glance at long-term changes.
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