From 5 to 15 April 2001, a massive dust storm occurred over the Asian mainland. At the time of this dust outbreak, the Asian Pacific Regional Aerosol Characterization Experiment (ACE-Asi) field studies were being conducted. Overall, the data acquired during ACE-Asia allow a first-time assessment of the regional climatic and atmospheric chemical effects of a continental-scale mixture of dust and pollution. This paper reviews what information is required to assess aerosol impacts over a continental or hemispheric scale, describes how ACE-Asia addressed the issues, and summarizes what the multidisciplinary studies showed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atmospheric Science