Wind-Blown Dust

Similar to wildfire activity, dust is expected to play an increasing role towards changing the atmospheric composition across the Intermountain West. Wind-blown dust can have a number of impacts including (1) degrading air quality, (2) decreasing visibility, and (3) accelerating snowmelt in our mountains, which serve as the "Water Towers of the West".

Understanding how more frequent droughts, land use changes, and desiccating lakes impact dust production are topics that my research group are investigating. Here, we use modeling tools such as (HYSPLIT-STILT) to track the transport of dust from its origin point to our location of interest, which can be an urban air quality site or a snow hydrology site located up in the mountains!

Research Group I am part of the Land-Atmosphere Interactions Research (LAIR) group in the Department of Atmopsheric Sciences at the University of Utah. More information about the group can be found here...

Contact info The University of Utah
Department of Atmospheric Science
WBB Room 713