Articles | Volume 22, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 1757–1760, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-1757-2022
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 1757–1760, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-1757-2022
Peer-reviewed comment
04 Feb 2022
Peer-reviewed comment | 04 Feb 2022

Comment on “Short-cut transport path for Asian dust directly to the Arctic: a case Study” by Huang et al. (2015) in Environ. Res. Lett.​​​​​​​

Keyvan Ranjbar et al.

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AboEl-Fetouh, Y., O'Neill, N. T., Ranjbar, K., Hesaraki, S., Abboud, I., and Sobolewski, P. S.: Climatological-Scale Analysis of Intensive and Semi-intensive Aerosol Parameters Derived From AERONET Retrievals Over the Arctic, J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos., 125, e2019JD031569, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JD031569, 2020. 
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O'Neill, N. T., Baibakov, K., Hesaraki, S., Ivanescu, L., Martin, R. V., Perro, C., Chaubey, J. P., Herber, A., and Duck, T. J.: Temporal and spectral cloud screening of polar winter aerosol optical depth (AOD): impact of homogeneous and inhomogeneous clouds and crystal layers on climatological-scale AODs, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 12753–12765, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-12753-2016, 2016. 
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We argue that the illustration employed by Huang et al. (2015) to demonstrate the transport of Asian dust to the high Arctic was, in fact, largely a cloud event and that the actual impact of Asian dust was measurable but much weaker than what they proposed and had occurred a day earlier (in agreement with the transport model they had employed to predict the transport path to the high Arctic).
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