Presentation on theme: "Dust uplift and transport observed during the GERBILS campaign John Marsham 1, Doug Parker 1, Christian Grams 2, Qian Huang 1,3, Sarah Jones 2, Jim Haywood."— Presentation transcript:
Dust uplift and transport observed during the GERBILS campaign John Marsham 1, Doug Parker 1, Christian Grams 2, Qian Huang 1,3, Sarah Jones 2, Jim Haywood 4 and Ben Johnson 4 1 University of Leeds, UK 2 IMK, Karlsruhe, Germany 3 Langzhou University, China 4 Met Office, UK
GERBILS (GERB Intercomparison of Longwave and Shortwave radiation) Model emits 50Wm -2 too much outgoing infared (Jim Haywood, Met Office) Model – GERB outgoing longwave 01020304050
Motivation Probably the best dry-adiabat in the world ~550 hPa Unique, deep (~5 km), near-neutral boundary layer. Poorly represented by models? Certainly poorly observed. Dust uplift a non-linear function of windspeed. Saharan Heat Low. Shear stress at surface (~near surface windspeed) Dust uplift rate Windspeed 3
The Saharan boundary-layer Observations suggest occasional complete vertical mixing. Saharan Air Layer (SAL) allows dust to avoid rain-out. Models are not designed for such deep boundary layers (BL scheme of HadGAM was switched off above 2880 m) Active well mixed boundary layer Near neutral residual layers Free troposphere ~5 km
Mixing from the boundary layer into the residual layer Free troposphere Residual layer Active boundary layer OrographyIsentropic upgllideDeep dry convection Albedo anomalies (Parker et al)
Land-atmosphere coupling Is this statistically significant? (Marsham et al submitted to ACPD) Low albedo High land surface temperature High boundary-layer air temperature Low water vapour Aircraft observations from GERBILS
Cospectral analysis Along track wind BL buoyancy BL WVMR BL windspeed Relationship of variables with land surface temperature (LST) as a function of scale Convergence towards warm BL over dark surfaces for scales > 10 km.
Implications for the SAL (Marsham et al submitted to ACPD) SAL weakly stratified, so small perturbations in BL buoyancy are expected to affect vertical mixing. Large eddy modelling of this is ongoing work. ~ 4 K
Boundary-layer convection and dust uplift Boundary-layer convection contributes to uplift (especially if speed of mean wind ~ the uplift threshold). Uplift rate with and without resolved large eddy model winds Mean wind = 9.9 m/s Mean wind = 4.9 m/s
Observations of dust in cold pools (haboobs) 1200 UTC Cold pool outflows
What are the implications? Engelstaedter and Washington (2007) showed that: –Dustiness associated with convergence at head of monsoon. –Dustiness depends on gustiness more than synoptic-scale winds (Engelelstaedter and Washington, 2007) –Dustier in monsoon onset than retreat. Why? Sterk 2003, Williams (2006), Bou Karam et al 2007, Flament et al 2007 –All show dust uplift by cold pools in this region at this time (also Sutton 1925, 1931 for the Sudan)
Annual cycle of dust and cold pools TOMS (Marsham et al submitted to JGR) Energy available to downdraughts (DCAPE) shows same asymmetry as TOMS Aerosol Index.
CAPE and deep convection do not show asymmetry. (Marsham et al submitted to JGR) Can this be explained by other annual cycles?
Soil moisture and vegetation are only significant in the south. (Marsham et al submitted to JGR) Can this be explained by other cycles?
Conclusions Saharan boundary layer is unique –Deepest dry convection on Earth –Poorly observed. Poorly modelled? Mesoscale processes affect (control?) mixing between boundary layer and the SAL. Dust uplift is a function of local windspeeds. –Boundary-layer convection affects dust uplift. Downdraughts from storms are one of the major processes causing dust uplift in the western Sahara. –Must represent these, and so the monsoon flow, in dust models.