Research Projects

Dust Storms Prediction and Evaluation of Dust Effects on Human Activities


Dust is a very important issue for the Kingdom that is located in the heart of the dust belt. Dust affects all aspects of human activities, health, transportation, machinery, as well as causes a serious obstacle for harvesting of solar energy in the region. Top left is dust storm image from NASA MODIS instrument. Bottom left – aerosol particles microphysically and chemically processed in the atmosphere. Top right – simulation of the dust storm in March of 2012, click on the image to animate. Bottom right – GERB and SEVIRI instruments images of aerosol pollution (pink is dust). Both instruments are on board of geostationary European METEOSAT-8 satellite and could see the area every 15 minutes allowing to track specific events.