Dust storm trends in Africa
I am researching to what extent dust storm occurrence trends in Africa have been impacted by climate change. I am reaching out because I hope you have data or ideas to share towards this goal due to your work at GES DISC: I am specifically interested in evidence for any ‘unusual’ change over the last 50 years (change in intensity, seasonality, duration or frequency are of most interest to my research). I look for direct dust measurements, meteorological data, satellite imagery etc..
My plan for this research is to collect as much data on trends of dust storms in Africa as possible, as far back as possible to more recent years. Keeping in mind that data availability for the whole African continent will be limited, I might narrow down my region of research according to data accessibility. From collected data, I will investigate observed changes in frequency, intensity and others more thoroughly and compare trends to general climate change trends. Additionally, I aim to investigate the specific hazard impacts of dust storms on local population by investigating a specific hazard event (a small case study) through working with satellite imagery analysis. This comes from my own interest in natural hazard mitigation and adaptation methods.