Three-dimensional structure and transport pathways of dust aerosols over West Asia

Harikishan Gandham, Hari Prasad Dasari, Karumuri Ashok, Phani Murali Krishna Ravuri, Ibrahim Hoteit

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This study investigates the seasonal climatology of the three-dimensional distribution and transport pathways of dust aerosols over West Asia (WA). Dust column loading over WA exhibits strong seasonality, with markedly high (weak) loading during summer (winter). The summer dust features over WA include the (i) dust reaching up to the 500 hPa level between the Red Sea (RS) and the west coast of the Indian subcontinent (IS); (ii) a slantwise advection of dust aerosols between 850 and 700 hPa levels over the Arabian Peninsula (AP) and Arabian Sea (AS); and (iii) a prominent mid-tropospheric zonal transport of AP dust toward the IS. Maximum column integrated horizontal dust mass flux (DMF) over WA is observed in summer. The intraday changes in the intensity and spatial spread of the DMF over the AP are mediated by the out-of-phase evolution of the surface winds and low-level Shamal jets. Furthermore, the diurnal changes in the strength of the inversion layers located above the monsoon boundary layer and associated wind shear regulate the spatial patterns and intensity of the DMF over the AS. The findings will support future studies aiming at quantifying the radiative effects of dust on the regional climate.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Journalnpj Climate and Atmospheric Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 8 2022

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-06-10
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): REP/1/3268-01-01
Acknowledgements: This study was supported by the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) under the “Virtual Red Sea Initiative (Award # REP/1/3268-01-01)”.


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