Dust and sand storms in East Asia (Editorial open access article, Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, January 2013, Volume 49, Issue 1)
Predicting Dust and Sand Storms (hereafter DSS) that are accompanied by strong winds and suspended aerosol particles, and understanding the mechanism involved, present significant challenges. DSS occurrences often have an adverse impact on organisms’ life styles and their environment, not only in the source region but also in the downwind regions. Suspended particles can cause low visibility, respiratory diseases, and damage to the precision industry. A strong international cooperation in East Asia is necessary in order to solve this transcendent, widespread problem. Data exchange is in high demand, both for figuring out characteristics of dust phenomena and for forecasting them properly.