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Arabian Peninsula - one of the world's largest sources of airborne particles

Arabian Peninsula - one of the world's largest sources of airborne particles

The Finnish Meteorological Institute has taken part in a study into airborne particles in the Arabian Peninsula, which are factors affecting air quality in the region. Research has been conducted in both Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

The Arabian Peninsula is one of the world's greatest sources of airborne particles. The sources are both natural and man-made. Of the natural sources of particles, sand dust rising from the desert is clearly the greatest. 

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Research professor Heikki Lihavainen,

H. Lihavainen, M.A. Alghamdi, A. Hyvärinen, T. Hussein, K. Neitola, M. Khoder, A.S. Abdelmaksoud, H. Al-Jeelani, I.I. Shabbaj, F.M. Almehmadi, Aerosol optical properties at rural background area in Western Saudi Arabia, In Atmospheric Research, Volume 197, 2017, Pages 370-378, ISSN 0169-8095,

Tareq Hussein, Brandon E. Boor, Vanessa N. dos Santos, Juha Kangasluoma, Tuukka Petäjä, Heikki Lihavainen, Mobile Aerosol Measurement in the Eastern Mediterranean – 1 A Utilization of Portable Instruments, Aerosol and Air Quality Research, AAQR-16-11-OA-0479.R3, accepted, 2017Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 17: 1875–1886, 2017


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