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The Effects of African Dust on Coral Reefs and Human Health

Dust Imagery

Navy Aerosol Analysis and Prediction System (NAAPS) Global Aerosol Model

screenshot of Google Earth showing dust aerosols Atmospheric transport of dust aerosols (green), sulfate (red), and smoke (blue) is shown for August 5-10, 2009. The depicted Navy Aerosol Analysis and Prediction System (NAAPS) Global Aerosol Model was developed by Dr. Douglas Westphal (email: douglas.westphal@nrlmry.navy.mil) of the Naval Research Laboratory, Marine Meteorology Division, Monterey, California.

Download and view the Google Earth file: dust_aerosols.kmz (2 KB, requires Google Earth)


MODIS Imagery

The two satellite images below, acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Terra satellite on March 2004, show large Saharan dust storms leaving Africa and moving over the Atlantic Ocean to cover downwind islands.

Saharan dust storm off West African coast.
Saharan dust storm off West African coast. [larger version]
  African dust over the Cape Verde Islands.
African dust over the Cape Verde Islands. [larger version]

Note: All MODIS images presented on this website are for research and educational use only. All commercial use of MODIS data must be coordinated with MODIS.


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