Spring 2018 Asian Dust Events: Sources, Transportation, and Potential Biogeochemical Implications
AbstractThe input of aeolian mineral dust to the oceans is regarded as the major source in supplying bioavailable iron for phytoplankton growth. Severe dust events swept over East Asia during the 26 March to the 4 April 2018, decreasing air quality to hazardous levels, with maximum PM10 mass concentrations above 3000 μg m−3 in northern China. Based on a comprehensive approach that combines multiple satellite measurements, ground observations, and model simulation, we revealed that two severe Asian dust events originating from the Taklimakan and Gobi deserts on 26 March and 1 April, were transported through northern China and the East/Japan Sea, to the North Pacific Ocean by westerly wind systems. Transportation pathways dominated by mineral dust aerosols were observed at altitudes of 2–7 km in the source regions, and then ascending to 3–10 km in the North Pacific Ocean, with relatively denser dust plumes within the second dust episode than there were during the first. Our results suggest that mineral dust emitted from the Taklimakan and Gobi deserts could increase ocean primary productivity in the North Pacific Ocean by up to ~50%, compared to average conditions. This emphasizes the potential importance of the deposition of Asian mineral dust over the North Pacific Ocean for enhancing the biological pump. View Full-Text
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Yoon, J.-E.; Lim, J.-H.; Shim, J.-M.; Kwon, J.-I.; Kim, I.-N. Spring 2018 Asian Dust Events: Sources, Transportation, and Potential Biogeochemical Implications. Atmosphere 2019, 10, 276.
Yoon J-E, Lim J-H, Shim J-M, Kwon J-I, Kim I-N. Spring 2018 Asian Dust Events: Sources, Transportation, and Potential Biogeochemical Implications. Atmosphere. 2019; 10(5):276.Chicago/Turabian Style
Yoon, Joo-Eun; Lim, Jae-Hyun; Shim, Jeong-Min; Kwon, Jae-Il; Kim, Il-Nam. 2019. "Spring 2018 Asian Dust Events: Sources, Transportation, and Potential Biogeochemical Implications." Atmosphere 10, no. 5: 276.
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