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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 2967–2986, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-2967-2020

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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 2967–2986, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-2967-2020
Research article
12 Mar 2020
Research article | 12 Mar 2020

Convective distribution of dust over the Arabian Peninsula: the impact of model resolution

Jennie Bukowski and Susan C. van den Heever

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This paper seeks to better our understanding of how dust storms are represented in a weather model. Depending on how well the model can represent the storm, it can change the dust forecast significantly. This is important for predictions of air quality and visibility; as dust can heat and cool the air in its environment, it is also crucial for calculating the Earth's energy budget. Here, we communicate the uncertainty in a dust model and the effect that it may have on dust forecasts.
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