Limit search to available items
Book Cover

Title Mineral dust : a key player in the earth system / Peter Knippertz, Jan-Berend W. Stuut, editors
Published Dordrecht : Springer, [2014]
Online access available from:
Springer eBooks    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (xxv, 509 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Mineral Dust: A Key Player in The Earth System -- On Composition, Morphology and Size Distribution of Airborne Mineral Dust -- Identifying Sources of Aeolian Mineral Dust: Present and Past -- Processing / Ageing in the Atmosphere -- Dust Production Mechanisms -- Meteorological Aspects of Dust Storms -- Dust Observations and Climatology -- Dust Deposition -- Numerical Dust Models -- Operational Dust Prediction -- Radiative Effects of Dust -- Mineral Dust and Its Microphysical Interactions with Clouds -- Impact of Dust Radiative Forcing upon Climate -- Biogeochemical Impacts of Dust on the Global Carbon Cycle -- Dust and Human Health -- Loess Records -- Subaquatic Dust Deposits -- Ice Core Archives of Mineral Dust
Summary This volume presents state-of-the-art research about mineral dust, including results from field campaigns, satellite observations, laboratory studies, computer modelling and theoretical studies. Dust research is a new, dynamic and fast-growing area of science and due to its multiple roles in the Earth system, dust has become a fascinating topic for many scientific disciplines. Aspects of dust research covered in this book reach from timescales of minutes (as with dust devils, cloud processes, and radiation) to millennia (as with loess formation and oceanic sediments), making dust both a player and recorder of environmental change. The book is structured in four main parts that explore characteristics of dust, the global dust cycle, impacts of dust on the Earth system, and dust as a climate indicator. The chapters in these parts provide a comprehensive, detailed overview of this highly interdisciplinary subject. The contributions presented here cover dust from source to sink and describe all the processes dust particles undergo while travelling through the atmosphere. Chapters explore how dust is lifted and transported, how it affects radiation, clouds, regional circulations, precipitation and chemical processes in the atmosphere, and how it deteriorates air quality. The book explores how dust is removed from the atmosphere by gravitational settling, turbulence or precipitation, how iron contained in dust fertilizes terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and about the role that dust plays in human health. We learn how dust is observed, simulated using computer models and forecast. The book also details the role of dust deposits for climate reconstructions. Scientific observations and results are presented, along with numerous illustrations. This work has an interdisciplinary appeal and will engage scholars in geology, geography, chemistry, meteorology and physics, amongst others with an interest in the Earth system and environmental change
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed September 16, 2014)
Subject Mineral dusts.
Form Electronic book
Author Knippertz, Peter, editor
Stuut, Jan-Berend W., editor
ISBN 9401789770 (print)
9401789789 (electronic bk.)
9789401789776 (print)
9789401789783 (electronic bk.)