DFG Forschergruppe
SAharan Mineral dUst experiMent

SAMUM field experiment (May/June 2006)

The Saharan Mineral Dust Experiment (SAMUM) is dedicated to the understanding of the microphysical and optical properties of desert dust and the impact of desert dust on the global climate system. The Saharan desert covers an area of about 9 million qkm and is the largest desert on earth. A first field experiment will take place in southern Morocco during May/June 2006. General information about SAMUM, including all involved groups and measurement activities, is given on the SAMUM homepage. The DLR will take airborne measurements with the Falcon 20 E5 research aircraft. The DLR Falcon is equipped with an extensive aerosol instrumentation as well as an lidar system to probe the air over the source region and during long-range transport from the source region to the far field. During the field phase, the DLR Falcon is based in Casablanca. Further measurement activities take place in Zagora and Quarzazate.

SAMUM weather & flight information

This web page provides access to the DLR flight planning tools and the SAMUM weather forecast. Furthermore, information on flights, SAMUM news and a picture gallery can be accessed here. General information about SAMUM can be found on the SAMUM homepage. The speaker of the DFG Forschergruppe SAMUM is Jost Heintzenberg from the Institute for Tropospheric Research (IfT), Leipzig.

Continue here for further information about the SAMUM campaign:


Information on flights, SAMUM news, and a picture gallery can be accessed here:

     SAMUM external        

Continue here to access the SAMUM internal pages:

     SAMUM internal         (login required)


Further information on SAMUM related Falcon measurement acitivities can be obtained from: Andreas Petzold or Gerhard Ehret.

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Last update: 9-May-2006 by Bernadett Weinzierl

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