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dc.contributor.authorFernández, Alfonso J.
dc.contributor.authorSicard, Michäel
dc.contributor.authorCosta, Maria J.
dc.contributor.authorGuerrero-Rascado, Juan L.
dc.contributor.authorGómez-Amo, José L.
dc.contributor.authorMolero, Francisco
dc.contributor.authorBarragán, Rubén
dc.contributor.authorBasart, Sara
dc.contributor.authorBortoli, Daniele
dc.contributor.authorBedoya-Velásquez, Andrés E.
dc.contributor.authorUtrillas, María P.
dc.contributor.authorSalvador, Pedro
dc.contributor.authorGranados-Muñoz, María J.
dc.contributor.authorPotes, Miguel
dc.contributor.authorOrtiz-Amezcua, Pablo
dc.contributor.authorMartínez-Lozano, José A.
dc.contributor.authorArtíñano, Begoña
dc.contributor.authorMuñoz-Porcar, Constantino
dc.contributor.authorSalgado, Rui
dc.contributor.authorRomán, Roberto
dc.contributor.authorRocadenbosch, Francesc
dc.contributor.authorSalgueiro, Vanda
dc.contributor.authorBenavent-Oltra, José A.
dc.contributor.authorRodríguez-Gómez, Alejandro
dc.contributor.authorAlados-Arboledas, Lucas
dc.contributor.authorComerón, Adolfo
dc.contributor.authorPujadas, Manuel
dc.contributor.otherBarcelona Supercomputing Center
dc.identifier.citationFernández, A. J. [et al.]. Extreme, wintertime Saharan dust intrusion in the Iberian Peninsula: Lidar monitoring and evaluation of dust forecast models during the February 2017 event. "Atmospheric Research", 1 Novembre 2019, vol. 228, p. 223-241.
dc.description.abstractAn unprecedented extreme Saharan dust event was registered in winter time from 20 to 23 February 2017 over the Iberian Peninsula (IP). We report on aerosol optical properties observed under this extreme dust intrusion through passive and active remote sensing techniques. For that, AERONET (AErosol RObotic NETwork) and EARLINET (European Aerosol Research LIdar NETwork) databases are used. The sites considered are: Barcelona (41.38°N, 2.17°E), Burjassot (39.51°N, 0.42°W), Cabo da Roca (38.78°N, 9.50°W), Évora (38.57°N, 7.91°W), Granada (37.16°N, 3.61°W) and Madrid (40.45°N, 3.72°W). Large aerosol optical depths (AOD) and low Ångström exponents (AE) are observed. An AOD of 2.0 at 675 nm is reached in several stations. A maximum peak of 2.5 is registered in Évora. During and around the peak of AOD, AEs close to 0 and even slightly negative are measured. With regard to vertically-resolved aerosol optical properties, particle backscatter coefficients as high as 15 Mm−1 sr−1 at 355 nm are recorded at the lidar stations. Layer-mean lidar ratios are found in the range 40–55 sr at 355 nm and 34–61 sr at 532 nm during the event. The particle depolarization ratios are found to be constant inside the dust layer, and consistent from one site to another. Layer-mean values vary in the range 0.19–0.31. Another remarkable aspect of the event is the limited vertical distribution of the dust plume which never exceeds 5 km. The extreme aspect of the event also presented a nice case for testing the ability of two dust forecast models, BSC-DREAM8b and NMMB/BSC-Dust, to reproduce the arrival, the vertical distribution and the intensity of the dust plume over a long-range transport region. In the particular case of the February 2017 dust event, we found a large underestimation in the forecast of the extinction coefficient provided by BSC-DREAM8b at all heights independently of the site. In contrast NMMB/BSC-Dust forecasts presented a better agreement with the observations, especially in southwestern part of the IP. With regard to the forecast skill as a function of lead time, no clear degradation of the prognostic is appreciated at 24, 48 and 72 h for Évora and Granada stations (South). However the prognostic does degrade (bias increases and/or correlation decreases) for Barcelona (North), which is attributed to the fact that Barcelona is at a greater distance from the source region and to the singularity of the event.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe research leading to these results has received funding from the H2020 program from the European Union (grant agreement no. 654109, 778349) and also from the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Economy and Competitiviness (MINECO, ref. CGL2013-45410-R, CGL2016-81092-R, CGL2017-85344-R, TEC2015-63832-P), the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (ref. CGL2017-90884-REDT); the CommSensLab "Maria de Maeztu" Unity of Excellence (ref. MDM-2016-0600) financed by the Spanish Agencia Estatal de Investigación. Co-funding was also provided by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ref. POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007690, ALT20-03-0145-FEDER-000004, ALT20-03-0145-FEDER-000011); by the Andalusia Regional Government (ref. P12-RNM-2409); by the Madrid Regional Government (projects TIGAS-CM, ref. Y2018/EMT-5177 and AIRTEC-CM, ref. P2018/EMT4329); by the University of Granada through “Plan Propio. Programa 9 Convocatoria 2013” and by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and national funding (ref. SFRH/BSAB/143164/2019). The BSC-DREAM8b and NNMB/BSC-Dust (now NMMB-MONARCH) model simulations were performed by the Mare Nostrum supercomputer hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputer Center (BSC). S. Basart acknowledges the AXA Research Fund for supporting aerosol research at the BSC through the AXA Chair on Sand and Dust Storms Fund, as well as the InDust project (COST Action CA16202). The authors gratefully acknowledge the NOAA Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) for the provision of the HYSPLIT transport and dispersion model and/or READY website ( used in this publication.
dc.format.extent19 p.
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Spain
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Energies
dc.subject.lcshDust control
dc.subject.otherExtreme Saharan dust intrusion
dc.subject.otherParticle optical properties
dc.subject.otherMulti-wavelength lidar
dc.subject.otherDust forecast model
dc.subject.otherModel evaluation
dc.subject.otherVertical distribution
dc.titleExtreme, wintertime Saharan dust intrusion in the Iberian Peninsula: Lidar monitoring and evaluation of dust forecast models during the February 2017 event
dc.subject.lemacPols mineral -- Tesis doctorals
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Reviewed
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.description.versionPostprint (published version)
dc.relation.projectidinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/654109/EU/Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure/ACTRIS-2
dc.relation.projectidinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/778349/EU/Development of GRASP radiative transfer code for the retrieval of aerosol microphysics vertical-profiles from space measurements and its impact in ACE mission/GRASP-ACE
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