Articles | Volume 21, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 16499–16529, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-16499-2021

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

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 16499–16529, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-16499-2021
Research article
11 Nov 2021
Research article | 11 Nov 2021

15-year variability of desert dust optical depth on global and regional scales

Stavros-Andreas Logothetis et al.

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This study investigates the temporal trends of dust optical depth (DOD; 550 nm) on global, regional and seasonal scales over a 15-year period (2003–2017) using the MIDAS (ModIs Dust AeroSol) dataset. The findings of this study revealed that the DOD was increased across the central Sahara and the Arabian Peninsula, with opposite trends over the eastern and western Sahara, the Thar and Gobi deserts, in the Bodélé Depression, and in the southern Mediterranean.
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