S18 Determining the Effects of Saharan Dust over Houston

Sunday, 12 January 2020
Amber Nicole Schlessiger, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX; and T. Logan

Houston, the largest city in Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, lies in a target area for Saharan dust plumes. This study focuses on the implications of these events on air quality over the Houston Metro Area. By utilizing micropulse LIDAR (MPL) and meteorological datasets, measurements of dust concentrations over Houston is cross referenced with data from the EPA regarding action day warnings. In addition, MPL graphics are utilized to visualize dust concentrations in the presence and absence of clouds. The data are used to understand how meteorological processes over Houston may be affected by Saharan dust plumes. This research is conducted in order to further understand these events, and to help communities in the path of the plumes to better prepare for future Saharan dust events.
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