Characterization of Dust Storm Sources in Western Iran Using a Synthetic Approach

  • A. Darvishi Boloorani
  • S. O. Nabavi
  • R. Azizi
  • H. A. Bahrami
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Encountering numerous problems, many areas of the world experience dust storms every year. The west of Iran is considered as an area with numerous dust events because of vast deserts in Syria, Iraq, and the Arabian Peninsula. In recent years, the number of dust storms and the affected areas has remarkably increased. The present study is an attempt to identify west of Iran’s dust sources using a synthetic approach including remote sensing technique of dust detection, physical–meteorological model called HYSPLIT, and analysis of the studied area’s soil texture, land covering, and wind velocity data. Results show that there are two main dust storm sources affecting western Iran: The first region is the area between the west bank of Euphrates and east bank of Tigris, and the second one is the east and south eastern Arabian Peninsula a region called Rub’ Al Khali.


Dust Storm Wind Erosion Arabian Peninsula Dust Event Dust Source 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Darvishi Boloorani
    • 1
  • S. O. Nabavi
    • 2
  • R. Azizi
    • 3
  • H. A. Bahrami
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of CartographyUniversity of TehranTehranIran
  2. 2.Department of Physical GeographyUniversity of TehranTehranIran
  3. 3.Department of Mathematical ScienceSharif University of TechnologyTehranIran
  4. 4.Department of Soil ScienceTarbiat Modares UniversityTehranIran

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