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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2021-652
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2021-652

  13 Oct 2021

13 Oct 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ACP.

Comment on “Short-cut transport path for Asian dust directly to the Arctic: a case Study” by Huang, Z., J. Huang, T., Hayasaka, S. Wang, T. Zhou and H. Jin (2015) in Environ. Res. Lett.

Keyvan Ranjbar, Norm T. O'Neill, and Yasmin Aboel-Fetouh Keyvan Ranjbar et al.
  • Dépt. de géomatique appliquée, Centre d’Applications et de Recherches en Télédétection, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

Abstract. The suggestion of Huang et al. (2015) on the climatological-scale transport of Asian dust to the Arctic appears to be an important and worthwhile assertion. It is unfortunate that the authors undermined, to a certain degree, the quality of that assertion by a misinterpretation of the critical March 24, 2010 Arctic event (which was chosen by the authors to illustrate their generalized, climatological scale Arctic transport claim). They attempted to characterize that key event using AERONET/AEROCAN retrievals taken a day later and misinterpreted those largely cloud-dominated retrievals as being representative of Asian dust while apparently not recognizing that the coarse mode aerosol optical depth (AOD) retrievals on the previous day were actually coherent with their Arctic transport hypothesis.

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  • RC1: 'Comment on acp-2021-652', Anonymous Referee #1, 15 Oct 2021

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Short summary
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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