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Sahara dust transported over large distances through the atmosphere with the offshore trade winds is a potential fertilizer of the ocean. NIOZ traces dust originating from the Sahara desert across the whole North-Atlantic Ocean with a trans-Atlantic array of moored equipment with a dust-collecting buoy at surface end of a mooring at the ocean floor.

Swirling updates

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12 February 2017: Dust session at EGU 2017 (23-28 April)

At the EGU meeting in Vienna in 2017, there will be a dusty PICO session.

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8 Dec. 2016: ACPD paper online!

A first for our PhD student Laura Korte: her manuscript was accepted as a discussion paper in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics!

Citation: Korte, L. F., Brummer, G.-J., van der Does, M., Guerreiro, C. V., Hennekam, R., van Hateren, J. A., Jong, D., Munday, C. I., Schouten, S., and Stuut, J.-B. W.: Compositional changes of present-day transatlantic Saharan dust deposition, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2016-1068, in review, 2016.

Read this open-access paper online.

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Older Dust updates can be read from here