Earth  ID: 11068

Imported Dust in North American Skies

NASA and university scientists have made the first measurement-based estimate of the amount and composition of tiny airborne particles that arrive in the air over North America each year. With a 3D view of the atmosphere now possible from satellites, the scientists distinguished dust from pollution, and calculated that dust is the main ingredient of these foreign imports.


Robert Simmon (Sigma Space Corporation): Lead Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Jefferson Beck (USRA): Producer
Lorraine Remer (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Jongbin Yu (NASA/University of Maryland): Scientist
Mian Chin (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Videographer
Kathryn Hansen (Wyle Information Systems): Writer
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Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization
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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version