Objectives

The Pollindust project aims to investigate the composition, potential source-regions and origin of the particles constituting the Saharan Air Layer when this is exported to the subtropical North Atlantic free troposphere. The specific objectives are:

  1. Identification of the source-regions of desert dust that may induce variations on its composition.
  2. Identification of the meteorological processes resulting in the year-to-year variability in the concentrations and composition of desert dust during the last two and half decades (1987-2013).
  3. Identification of the source-regions and potential origin of key pollutants typically mixed with desert dust.
  4. Characterization of the type and evolution of the pollutants mixed with the desert dust in the Saharan Air Layer during the last two and half decades (1987-2013).

On-line aerosol monitoring equipment.