Mineral Dust Cycle

Mineral Dust Cycle

Mineral dust  aerosols produced  by wind erosion in arid and semi-arid regions contribute for more than 40% of the total annual emissions of tropospheric aerosols. In the atmosphere, these aerosols influence the terrestrial radiative balance and are thus major contributors to climate forcing. Dust deposition is a significant source of nutrients (Fe, P, …) for remote oceanic ecosystems regions, while dust emission contributes to soil loss in source regions. The research activities carried at LISA in this field are mainly focused on the quantification of dust emissions, transport and deposition, in order to assess their radiative and biogeochemical impacts. For this objective, intensive (ground-based and airborne) and longterm field measurements and laboratory experiments are coupled with numerical simulations.


Mona L., V. Amiridis, E. Cuevas, A. Gkikas, S. Vandenbussche, A. Benedetti, P. Dagsson-Waldhauserova, Paola Formenti, A. Haefele, S. Kazadzis, P. Knippertz, Benoit Laurent, F. Madonna, S. Nickovic, N. Papagiannopoulos, G. Pappalardo, C. Pérez García-Pando, T. Popp, S. Rodríguez, S. Ryoo, A. Sealy, N. Sugimoto, E. Terradellas, S. Trippetta, A. Vukovic Vimic, B. Weinzierl, S. Basart

Observing mineral dust in Northern Africa, the Middle East and Europe: Current capabilities and challenges ahead for the development of dust services
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Wednesday 13 December 2023
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