The German Weather Service (DWD) performs quasi-operational forecasts of mineral dust concentration using the ICON-ART forecast system developed jointly with KIT. From these predictions, the Aerosol Optical Thickness of Mineral Dust (AOD) can be calculated. This quantity is a measure of the attenuation of solar irradiation at the earth's surface.
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North Africa and Europe
Model and Observations
MAIAC Aerosol Optical Depth
Time-Height-Section of the Dust Concentration
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