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Desert Dust Climatology of Turkey

Version 1 : Received: 3 March 2022 / Approved: 10 March 2022 / Online: 10 March 2022 (13:57:26 CET)

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Aslanoğlu, S.Y.; Proestakis, E.; Gkikas, A.; Güllü, G.; Amiridis, V. Dust Climatology of Turkey as a Part of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin via 9-Year CALIPSO-Derived Product. Atmosphere 2022, 13, 733. Aslanoğlu, S.Y.; Proestakis, E.; Gkikas, A.; Güllü, G.; Amiridis, V. Dust Climatology of Turkey as a Part of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin via 9-Year CALIPSO-Derived Product. Atmosphere 2022, 13, 733.

Journal reference: Atmosphere 2022, 13, 733
DOI: 10.3390/atmos13050733

Abstract

Turkey is located in the heart of complex transition geography between Eurasia and the Middle East. In the grand scheme, the so-called Eastern Mediterranean Basin is almost amidst the dusty belt and a hot spot of climate change. The downstream location of dust carrying winds from the closer desert sources reveals Turkey as an open plane to particulate matter exposure throughout the year. In order to clarify this phenomenon, it is aimed to find out the desert dust climatology of Turkey via CALIPSO onboard Lidar. This prominent instrument enables us to understand clouds, aerosols and their types and relatedly climatic systems with its valuable products. In this study, 9-year CALIPSO derived pure dust product is formed to explain horizontal and vertical distributions, transport heights and case incidences. Results indicated mass and conditional abundancy are higher with the location shifts from west to east. In the same direction, dominant spring months change to summer and autumn. Mountain range systems surrounding Anatolia are the main obstacles against lofted and buoyant dust particles travelling to northern latitudes. Even if high ridges accumulate mass load on the southern slopes, it also enables elevated particles to reach the ground level of the inner cities.

Keywords

aerosol; CALIPSO; desert dust; Eastern Mediterranean; North Africa; Middle East

Subject

EARTH SCIENCES, Atmospheric Science

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