Measuring Trans-Atlantic aerosol transport from Africa
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Volume 87, Issue 50, pages 565–571, 12 December 2006
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2006), Measuring Trans-Atlantic aerosol transport from Africa, Eos Trans. AGU, 87(50), 565–571, doi:10.1029/2006EO500001., , , , , , , , and (
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
An estimated three billion metric tons of mineral aerosols are injected into the troposphere annually from the Saharan desert [Prospero et al., 1996]. Additionally, smoke from biomass burning sites in the savanna grasslands in sub-Saharan Africa contribute significant quantities of smaller-sized aerosols [e.g., Hobbs, 2000]. These windswept aerosols from the African continent are responsible for a variety of climate, health, and environmental impacts on both global and regional scales that span the Western Hemisphere. Unfortunately in situ measurements of aerosol evolution and transport across the Atlantic are difficult to obtain, and satellite remote sensing of aerosols can be challenging.