Dynamics of Dust Transfer from the Desiccated Aral Sea Bottom Analysed by Remote Sensing

L. Spivak, A. Terechov, I. Vitkovskaya, M. Batyrbayeva, L. Orlovsky

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Abstract

The catastrophic degradation of the Aral Sea has created a new phenomenon-the salt-dust storms from the dried sea bottom. Freed from water, the dried surface of the former sea bottom is impregnated with salt and is subject to erosion under strong wind. A large number of aerosol particles are generated and are carried over long distances. The probability of occurrence of dust storms on the dried bottom of the sea is very high since the surface structure of the dried bottom is unstable. Daily satellite data are one of the most convenient sources of information about the intensity and duration of dust storms in the sparsely populated region of the Aral Sea. The technique of selecting zones of dust removal using remote sensing data is described. The research of the temporal dynamics of aerosol development is concentrated to the eastern part of the Aral Sea.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationARALKUM - A MAN-MADE DESERT: THE DESICCATED FLOOR OF THE ARAL SEA (CENTRAL ASIA)
Editors SW., Breckle, W. Wucherer, L. Dimeyeva , N. Ogar
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Pages97-106
Volume218
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-21117-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-21116-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameEcological Studies-Analysis and Synthesis

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