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Desert dust aerosols observed in a tropical humid city: a case study over Hong Kong

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Observations from the AErosol RObotic NETwork (AERONET) sunphotometers, MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite images, back-trajectory modelling and 'in-situ' PM10 measurements in Hong Kong confirmed that two dust storms on 16-17 April 2006 and 27-30 April 2009, with source areas in northwest China, affected the city. The impacts of the dust on the air quality of Hong Kong were quantified using aerosol optical properties from AERONET data and local PM10 (particle size less than 10 μm) concentrations. Combined analysis of back trajectories and the microphysical properties of the dust aerosols from AERONET inversion data suggest that the dust particulates are sometimes associated with industrial chemicals on arrival in Hong Kong. This is the first remote-sensing study to observe the presence and characteristics of Asian dust carried into the humid tropical region of south China.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong 2: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA

Publication date: 2010-04-01

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