Mineral dust aerosols and associated radiative effects

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Size-structured mineral dust aerosols and associated radiative effects produced by four different atmospheric transport models. The study draws on observational data on dust abundance, in situ measurements of dust optical properties and size distribution, and climate and atmospheric chemical transport model simulations of atmospheric dust concentrations.


resolution monthly
period present
coverage NA
climatology yes


gridded yes
type simulated
formats nc


published yes
link to data https://zenodo.org/record/268131#.XNAIEqTTWUk
availability public


resolution ~2.5° by 2°
depth depth resolved
coverage global,
figureSource: Figure 4 from Kok et al., 2016

Major Variables

Key References

  • Kok, J.F., Ridley, D.A., Zhou, Q., Miller, R.L., Zhao, C., Heald, C.L., Ward, D.S., Albani, S. and Haustein, K., 2017. Smaller desert dust cooling effect estimated from analysis of dust size and abundance. Nature Geoscience, 10(4), p.274. DOI: 10.1038/NGEO2912