Quantifying Anthropogenic Dust Emissions

Quantifying Anthropogenic Dust Emissions Anthropogenic land use and land cover change, including local environmental disturbances, moderate rates of wind‐driven soil erosion and dust emission. These human‐dust cycle interactions impact ecosystems and agricultural production, air quality, human health, biogeochemical cycles, and climate. While the impacts of land use activities and land management on aeolian processes can be profound, the interactions are often complex and assessments of anthropogenic dust loads at all scales remain highly uncertain. Here, we critically review the drivers of anthropogenic dust emission and current evaluation approaches. We then identify and describe opportunities to: (1) develop new conceptual frameworks and interdisciplinary approaches that draw on ecological state‐and‐transition models to improve the accuracy and relevance of assessments of anthropogenic dust emissions; (2) improve model fidelity and capacity for change detection to quantify anthropogenic impacts on aeolian processes; and (3) enhance field research and monitoring networks to support dust model applications to evaluate the impacts of disturbance processes on local to global‐scale wind erosion and dust emissions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Earth's Future Wiley

Quantifying Anthropogenic Dust Emissions

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Wiley
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© 2018 American Geophysical Union
ISSN
2328-4277
eISSN
2328-4277
D.O.I.
10.1002/2017EF000766
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Abstract

Anthropogenic land use and land cover change, including local environmental disturbances, moderate rates of wind‐driven soil erosion and dust emission. These human‐dust cycle interactions impact ecosystems and agricultural production, air quality, human health, biogeochemical cycles, and climate. While the impacts of land use activities and land management on aeolian processes can be profound, the interactions are often complex and assessments of anthropogenic dust loads at all scales remain highly uncertain. Here, we critically review the drivers of anthropogenic dust emission and current evaluation approaches. We then identify and describe opportunities to: (1) develop new conceptual frameworks and interdisciplinary approaches that draw on ecological state‐and‐transition models to improve the accuracy and relevance of assessments of anthropogenic dust emissions; (2) improve model fidelity and capacity for change detection to quantify anthropogenic impacts on aeolian processes; and (3) enhance field research and monitoring networks to support dust model applications to evaluate the impacts of disturbance processes on local to global‐scale wind erosion and dust emissions.

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Earth's FutureWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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