Arabian Peninsula wet season dust storm distribution:regionalization and trends analysis (1983-2013)

Alobaidi, Meshari, Almazroui, Mansour, Mashat, Abdulwahab and Jones, Philip Douglas ORCID: (2017) Arabian Peninsula wet season dust storm distribution:regionalization and trends analysis (1983-2013). International Journal of Climatology, 37 (3). 1356–1373. ISSN 0899-8418

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A dust storm climatic regionalization of the Arabian Peninsula (AP) that aims to categorize the region into several cohesive sub-regions is conducted. This approach was carried out by grouping together similar wet season climatological features of dust storm activity (DSA). A common period of 30 years (1983–2013) for 38 meteorological weather stations across the AP was utilized. The mathematical, statistical and subjective methods that are employed in the process of regionalization resulted in dividing the region into three sub-regions. Each of the sub-regions north, northwestern and central, northeast and south, west and coastal shows distinct features of its own. Subsequently, the temporal trend of the representative station (key station) for each sub-region is examined. It is found that only the northeastern part of the region has a significant positive trend over the last 30 years. However, this positive increase in DSA is not associated with an increase in wind speed. This study assists future research in exploring the relationship between large-scale forcing and the AP sub-regional DSA. As well, this could enhance regional DSA forecast and future projections.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: arabian peninsula,wet season,dust storms,regionalization,trends analysis
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Climatic Research Unit
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2016 16:01
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2023 12:36
DOI: 10.1002/joc.4782


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