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Dust emission increases following large wildfires

Satellite measurements show that dust emission is enhanced following large wildfires, producing considerable dust loadings for days to weeks over normally dust-free regions. These sequential fire and dust extremes will likely become more frequent and severe under global warming, having increased societal and ecological impacts.

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Fig. 1: Global distribution of post-fire dust events.

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This is a summary of: Yu, Y. & Ginoux, P. Enhanced dust emission following large wildfires due to vegetation disturbance. Nat. Geosci. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-022-01046-6 (2022).

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Dust emission increases following large wildfires. Nat. Geosci. 15, 867–868 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-022-01047-5

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