The Impact of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation on Springtime Dust Activity in Syria

Oct. 31, 2016

The increasing trend of aerosol optical depth in the Middle East and a recent severe dust storm in Syria have raised questions as to whether dust storms will increase and promoted investigations on the dust activities driven by the natural climate variability underlying the ongoing human perturbations such as the Syrian civil war. A new study, led by AOS Associate Research Scholar Bing Pu and coauthored by Paul Ginoux, a GFDL physical scientist, examines the influences of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) on dust activities in Syria using an innovative dust optical depth (DOD) dataset derived from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Deep Blue aerosol products.  The study was published recently in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

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