Detection of dust plumes and their sources in northeastern Libya

Ilan Koren*, Joachim H. Joseph, Peter Israelevich

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The common source area of long and narrow dust plumes that emanate frequently from an area southeast of Benghazi in Libya is identified by computerized image analysis. Four examples are shown in SeaWiFS data at that location. Similar plumes are found in many locations over the globe. The direction of propagation of plumes from the source depends on the synoptic situation. Plumes travel both northwards, reaching the Mediterranean Sea, and southwards, to the interior of the Sahara. Such plumes may ultimately assemble into massive dust palls that frequently travel long distances out of North Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)792-796
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Remote Sensing
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2003


FundersFunder number
Ministry of Culture and Sport0603410962


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