Kinky profiles: Effects of soil surface heating upon vertical dust concentration profiles in the Channel Country of western Queensland, Australia
Article first published online: 21 DEC 2005
Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface (2003–2012)
Volume 110, Issue F4, December 2005
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2005), Kinky profiles: Effects of soil surface heating upon vertical dust concentration profiles in the Channel Country of western Queensland, Australia, J. Geophys. Res., 110, F04025, doi:10.1029/2004JF000272., , , and (
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 21 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 SEP 2005
- Manuscript Revised: 31 AUG 2005
- Manuscript Received: 6 DEC 2004
- wind erosion;
- thermal heating;
 In rangelands, unlike cultivated fields, soil surface conditions and vegetation cover are far from uniform. Field measurements taken within rangeland environments show that the shape of vertical dust concentration profiles can vary significantly between wind erosion events. Regression fits used to analyze vertical dust concentration profiles are therefore better for some events than others. Such variability has usually been explained as experimental error (or noise) or as a result of the nonuniformity of surface conditions. A computer simulation model (DSism) is used to examine this variability in terms of wind erosion processes. Analysis of these simulation results together with field observations shows that nonuniformity in surface conditions alone cannot explain variations observed in the vertical dust concentration profiles. These same simulations suggest that much of the variability in vertical dust concentration profiles is the result of thermal heating of the soil surface.