Earth  ID: 2956

China Dust Storm during April 2001 (WMS)

A major dust storm occurred in April 2001 over parts of China and Mongolia. Dust from this storm was transported all the way to the coast of the United States. Although dust from the Sahara Desert is routinely transported across the Atlantic to the east coast of the United States, Asian dust rarely makes the distance across the Pacific to the west coast. These airborne microscopic dust and smoke particles, or aerosols, were measured by the TOMS instrument on the Earth Probe satellite. For governments struggling to meet national air quality standards, knowing more about the sources and movement of pollution across national borders has become an important issue.

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Eric Sokolowsky (GST): Lead Animator
Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Pawan K. Bhartia (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Paul Newman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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Data Used:
Earth Probe/TOMS
2001/04/07 - 2001/04/17
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This item is part of this series:

DLESE >> Atmospheric science
SVS >> Dust
SVS >> Pollution
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Winds
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Natural Hazards
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Aerosols >> Dust/Ash
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Natural Hazards >> Fires
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Pollutants >> Distribution
NASA Science >> Earth

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