J. Phys. IV France
Volume 139, December 2006
Page(s) 257 - 267
From Regional Climate Modelling to the Exploration of Venus
C. Boutron
J. Phys. IV France 139 (2006) 257-267

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2006139018

Asian dust events: Environmental significance in Beijing

F. Adams1 and X. Liu2

1  Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp, 2610 Wilrijk, Belgium
2  Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China

(Published online: 9 January 2007)

The environmental significance of dust storms (impact on air quality, climatic effects, health effects) is described first in a general terms then in context with the local environment of metropolitan Beijing, China. The regional characteristics of dust storms in China, their sources and transport pathways, the chemical composition and the mixing and interaction with other air pollutants are reviewed.

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