More dust storms to take place in the UAE: Study says
Naturally occurring dust particles are among the major airborne pollutants in the region, affecting human health, solar panels and machinery.
As the human population will keep on increasing, so will the stats of the harmful impact caused by the pattern of climatic change which in turn will lead to more pronounced resonance.
Scientists established in Saudi Arabia, Germany and Cyprus have used satellite data to examine and study the factors of aerosol optical depth, which is the ability of airborne particles to absorb or diffuse light, over the Arabian Peninsula from 2000 to 2015. It gave a definite term to the amount of dust particles and other pollutants in the air.
“During the past decade, from satellite observations, we know the amount of particles have increased dramatically,” said Klaus Klingmuller, a co-author of the study and a post-doctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz.
“We were able to relate this increase to the increasingly dry conditions in the northern part of the Middle East – in areas of Iraq and Syria,” he said.
The increase in dust particles occurred between 2001 and 2012, after which conditions eased, said Dr Klingmuller.
The scientists believed that the temperature has increased as a result of climate change, general drying would probably lead to formation of more dust storms.
The research was published days after a paper which examined the link between climate change and rising temperatures. It gave off a warning that hotter summers might be in store for the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries.