Remote Sensing Of Aeolian Dust Production And Distribution

  • Kevin White
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)

Airborne dust is of concern due to hazards in the localities affected by erosion, transport and deposition, but it is also of global concern due to uncertainties over its role in radiative forcing of climate. In order to model the environmental impact of dust, we need a better knowledge of sources and transport processes. Satellite remote sensing has been instrumental in providing this knowledge, through long time series of observations of atmospheric dust transport. Three remote sensing methodologies have been used, and are reviewed briefly in this paper. Firstly the use of observations from the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS), secondly the use of the Infrared Difference Dust Index (IDDI) from Meterosat infrared data, thirdly the use of MODIS images from the rapid response system. These data have highlighted the major global sources of dust, mist of which are associated with endoreic drainage basins in deserts, which held lakes during Quaternary humid climate phases, and identified the Bodélé Depression in Tchad as the dustiest place on Earth.


Dust remote sensing TOMS Meteosat IDDI MODIS 


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  • Kevin White
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyThe University of ReadingUK

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