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Dust Storms

Dust storms can have an impact on human health, weather patterns as well as cause disruption through flight delays and the closure of highways. Data from LANCE are used to monitor and predict dust storms. This information is used by agencies within the Department of Defense to improve resource allocation in remote areas and help promote aircraft safety.

Potentially useful data sets: MODIS Aerosol, Corrected Reflectance and Land Surface Reflectance, AIRS Dust Score and OMI Aerosol Optical Depth, Absorbing Aerosol Optical Depth and Aerosol Index.

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Worldview showing the MODIS aerosol optical depth of a dust plume blowing over Banghazi (Benghazi), Libya on January 15, 2013. Read more at NASA's Earth Observatory.
 

Downloadable NRT data related to Dust Storms

MODIS / Aqua

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
BrowseComments
MYD04_L2L2 Aerosol, 5-Min Swath 10km0.16L2 Aerosol BrowseN/A
MYD09GAL2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m and 1km17.37L2G Surface Reflectance BrowseBands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYD09GQL2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 250m18.82L2G Surface Reflectance BrowseBands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYD09GHKL2G Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m18.27N/ABands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYD09GQKL2G Surface Reflectance - Daily 250m25.48N/ABands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MYDAODHDL3 Value-added Aerosol Optical Depth0.001N/AN/A

MODIS / Terra

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
BrowseComments
MOD04_L2L2 Aerosol, 5-Min Swath 10km0.15L2 Aerosol BrowseN/A
MOD09GAL2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m and 1km17.48L2G Surface Reflectance BrowseBands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MOD09GQL2G Light Surface Reflectance – Daily 250m18.91L2G Surface Reflectance BrowseBands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MOD09GHKL2G Surface Reflectance – Daily 500m18.34N/ABands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MOD09GQKL2G Surface Reflectance – Daily 250m25.31N/ABands 1-4-3 & 7-2-1
MODAODHDL3 Value-added Aerosol Optical Depth0.001N/AN/A

MODIS / Combined

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
BrowseComments
MCDAODHDL3 Value-added Aerosol Optical Depth0.001N/AN/A

AIRS / Aqua

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)
Volume
(GB/day)
Browse
AIRVBRAD_NRTL1B Vis/Near-IR geolocated radiancesN/AN/A
AIRIBQAP_NRTL1B IR quality assurance subsetN/AN/A

OMI / Aura

Product
(FTP download link)
Description
(Global Change Master Directory link)

Volume
(GB/day)

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OMAERUVL2 Near UV Aerosol Optical Depth and Single Scattering Albedo Swath 13x24 kmN/AN/A
AAOD   
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