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Research Project: MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONSERVATION OF WESTERN RANGELANDS

Location: Range Management Research

Title: History and applications of dust devil studies

Author
item LORENZ, RALPH - Johns Hopkins University
item BALME, MATTHEW - The Open University
item GU, ZHAOLIN - Jiaotong University
item HAHANPAA, HENRIK - Finnish Meteorological Institute
item KLOSE, MARTINA - New Mexico State University
item KURGANSKY, MICHAEL - Russian Academy Of Sciences
item PATEL, MANISH - The Open University
item REISS, DENNIS - Wilhelms University
item PIO ROSSI, ANGELO - Jacobs University Bremen
item SPIGA, AYMERIC - Non ARS Employee
item TAKEMI, TETSUYA - Kyoto University
item WEI, WEI - Wuhan University
item Herrick, Jeffrey - Jeff

Submitted to: Space Science Reviews
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/2/2016
Publication Date: 4/1/2016
Citation: Lorenz, R., Balme, M., Gu, Z., Hahanpaa, H., Klose, M., Kurgansky, M., Patel, M., Reiss, D., Pio Rossi, A., Spiga, A., Takemi, T., Wei, W., Herrick, J.E. 2016. History and applications of dust devil studies. Space Science Reviews. 203:5-37. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-016-0239-2.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-016-0239-2

Interpretive Summary: Studies of dust devils, and their impact on society, are reviewed. Dust devils have been noted since antiquity, and have been documented in many countries, as well as on the planet Mars. As time-variable vortex entities, they have become a cultural motif. Three major stimuli of dust devil research are identified, nuclear testing, terrestrial climate studies, and perhaps most significantly, Mars research. Dust devils present an occasional safety hazard to light structures and have caused several deaths.

Technical Abstract: Studies of dust devils, and their impact on society, are reviewed. Dust devils have been noted since antiquity, and have been documented in many countries, as well as on the planet Mars. As time-variable vortex entities, they have become a cultural motif. Three major stimuli of dust devil research are identified, nuclear testing, terrestrial climate studies, and perhaps most significantly, Mars research. Dust devils present an occasional safety hazard to light structures and have caused several deaths.