The first SALTRACE data workshop took place in Oberpfaffenhofen on 2 and 3 December 2013. We got a good overview about the available data and studies planned with them. Thanks to everyone attending and the many presentations of first results and further plans. The next workshop is planned for May 27 and 28, 2014 in Leipzig. 3 Dec 2013
Save the date: SALTRACE Workshop
We will have a first 2-day workshop to coordinate the next steps of work on the SALTRACE data set on 2 and 3 December 2013 in Oberpfaffenhofen. 3 Sep 2013
Falcon back in Oberpfaffenhofen
The Falcon returned safely to Oberpfaffenhofen on 15 July 2013. Thanks again to everyone involved for a great field experiment where we gathered an impressive amount of valuable data. We are looking forward to many publications on all aspects of Saharan dust in the Caribbean. 15 Jul 2013
Welcome to the SALTRACE-Falcon 2013 homepage
SALTRACE, the Saharan Aerosol Long-range Transport and Aerosol-Cloud-Interaction Experiment, is a German initiative which combines ground-based and airborne in-situ and lidar measurements with meteorological data, long-term measurements, satellite remote sensing and modeling to investigate the long-range transport of Saharan mineral dust across the Atlantic Ocean into the Caribbean.
After 5 weeks of intensive measurements, the SALTRACE field experiment ended on 15 July 2013. We were very lucky with the weather and studied mineral dust from several dust outbreaks with the DLR research aircraft Falcon between Senegal and Florida. On the eastern side of the Atlantic, dust plumes extended up to about 6 km altitude, while the dust layers in the Caribbean were mainly below 4.5 km. Highlights during SALTRACE included the sampling of a dust plume in the Cape Verde area on 17 June which was again measured with the same instrumentation on 21 and 22 June near Barbados. The event was also captured by the ground-based lidar and in-situ instrumentation. Another highlight was the formation of tropical storm Chantal in the dusty environment.
SALTRACE continues the work started with the Saharan Mineral dust Experiment (SAMUM; 2004-2011) and will help to close open gaps in our understanding of mineral dust in the climate system.