Dust storms and their impact on ocean and human health: dust in Earth's atmosphere

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Satellite imagery has greatly influenced our understanding of dust activity on a global scale. A number of different satellites such as NASA's Earth-Probe Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) and Se-viewing Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) acquire daily global-scale data used to produce imagery for monitoring dust storm formation and movement. This global-scale imagery has documented the frequent transmission of dust storm-derived soils through Earth's atmosphere and the magnitude of many of these events. While various research projects have been undertaken to understand this normal planetary process, little has been done to address its impact on ocean and human health. This review will address the ability of dust storms to influence marine microbial population densities and transport of soil-associated toxins and pathogenic microorganisms to marine environments. The implications of dust on ocean and human health in this emerging scientific field will be discussed.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Dust storms and their impact on ocean and human health: dust in Earth's atmosphere
Series title EcoHealth
DOI 10.1007/s10393-004-0120-8
Volume 1
Issue 3
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Earth Surface Dynamics Program
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title EcoHealth
First page 284
Last page 295
Other Geospatial Earth
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