Mineral Dust

A Key Player in the Earth System

  • Peter Knippertz
  • Jan-Berend W. Stuut

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Peter Knippertz, Jan-Berend W. Stuut
    Pages 1-14
  3. Daniel R. Muhs, Joseph M. Prospero, Matthew C. Baddock, Thomas E. Gill
    Pages 51-74
  4. Alex R. Baker, Olga Laskina, Vicki H. Grassian
    Pages 75-92
  5. Beatrice Marticorena
    Pages 93-120
  6. Peter Knippertz
    Pages 121-147
  7. Isabelle Chiapello
    Pages 149-177
  8. Gilles Bergametti, Gilles Forêt
    Pages 179-200
  9. Ina Tegen, Michael Schulz
    Pages 201-222
  10. Angela Benedetti, José Maria Baldasano, Sara Basart, Francesco Benincasa, Olivier Boucher, Malcolm E. Brooks et al.
    Pages 223-265
  11. Eleanor J. Highwood, Claire L. Ryder
    Pages 267-286
  12. Athanasios Nenes, Benjamin Murray, Aikaterini Bougiatioti
    Pages 287-325
  13. Ron L. Miller, Peter Knippertz, Carlos Pérez García-Pando, Jan P. Perlwitz, Ina Tegen
    Pages 327-357
  14. Tim Jickells, Philip Boyd, Keith A. Hunter
    Pages 359-384
  15. Suzette A. Morman, Geoffrey S. Plumlee
    Pages 385-409
  16. Daniel R. Muhs, Stephen R. Cattle, Onn Crouvi, Denis-Didier Rousseau, Jimin Sun, Marcelo A. Zárate
    Pages 411-441
  17. Jan-Berend W. Stuut
    Pages 443-462
  18. Paul Vallelonga, Anders Svensson
    Pages 463-485
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 487-509

About this book


This volume presents state-of-the-art research about mineral dust, including results from field campaigns, satellite observations, laboratory studies, computer modelling and theoretical studies. Dust research is a new, dynamic and fast-growing area of science and due to its multiple roles in the Earth system, dust has become a fascinating topic for many scientific disciplines. Aspects of dust research covered in this book reach from timescales of minutes (as with dust devils, cloud processes, and radiation) to millennia (as with loess formation and oceanic sediments), making dust both a player and recorder of environmental change.

The book is structured in four main parts that explore characteristics of dust, the global dust cycle, impacts of dust on the Earth system, and dust as a climate indicator. The chapters in these parts provide a comprehensive, detailed overview of this highly interdisciplinary subject.

The contributions presented here cover dust from source to sink and describe all the processes dust particles undergo while travelling through the atmosphere. Chapters explore how dust is lifted and transported, how it affects radiation, clouds, regional circulations, precipitation and chemical processes in the atmosphere, and how it deteriorates air quality. The book explores how dust is removed from the atmosphere by gravitational settling, turbulence or precipitation, how iron contained in dust fertilizes terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and abou

t the role that dust plays in human health. We learn how dust is observed, simulated using computer models and forecast. The book also details the role of dust deposits for climate reconstructions.

Scientific observations and results are presented, along with numerous illustrations. This work has an interdisciplinary appeal and will engage scholars in geology, geography, chemistry, meteorology and physics, amongst others with an interest in the Earth system and environmental change.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Knippertz
    • 1
  • Jan-Berend W. Stuut
    • 2
  1. 1.Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Meteorology and Climate ResearchUniversity of Leeds, School of Earth & Environment, Leeds, UKKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Department of Marine Sedimentology, University of BremenNIOZ – Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Department of Marine Geology and Chemical Oceanography, Texel, The NetherlandsBremenGermany

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