Saharan Dust Transport to Italy (26 Jan)

Contour plots of the density of PBL transits of 5-day back-trajectories reaching Rome at 750 m MSL in the years 2012, 2013, and 2014, in the presence of SDA conditions (panels a, c and e, respectively) and in non-SDA days (panels b, d and f).

Saharan Dust is transported North to Italy by the Scirocco wind over the Atlantic. Deposits can be found in the Venice region and the Alps beyond. How are winds that blow over the Mediterranean an analog for the refugee crisis in Europe?

Contributed by Haseeb Ahmed.

Source: Gobbi, G.p., et al. “An Inclusive View of Saharan Dust Advections to Italy and the Central Mediterranean.” Atmospheric Environment, vol. 201, 2019, pp. 242–256., doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.01.002.