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Research Project: Optimizing Water Use Efficiency for Environmentally Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems in Semi-Arid Regions

Location: Wind Erosion and Water Conservation Research

Title: Are opportunities to apply airborne dust research being missed

item SPRIGG, WILLIAM - University Of Arizona
item GILL, THOMAS - University Of Texas - El Paso
item TONG, DANIEL - George Mason University
item LI, JUNRAN - University Of Tulsa
item REN, LING - George Mason University
item Van Pelt, Robert - Scott
item PAZ, ARMANDO - New Mexico Environmental Department

Submitted to: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/10/2022
Publication Date: 3/16/2022
Citation: Sprigg, W.A., Gill, T.E., Tong, D.Q., Li, J., Ren, L., Van Pelt, R.S., Paz, A. 2022. Are opportunities to apply airborne dust research being missed. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Fifty invited speakers and panelists led discussions in a symposium/workshop 25-27 October 2021 to sample the state-of-knowledge concerning airborne dust (as a form of particulate matter) in Southern New Mexico and the Western U.S.A. and the mitigation problems faced every day in public health, transportation safety, and environmental services. The meeting’s virtual room format drew 187 pre-registrants from around the world. Global context was given while U.S. county-level concerns, policies, resources and actions were detailed. Evidence from the symposium/workshop suggests that a “Dust Alliance for North America” will help speed research results into service; that research advances essential for best practices in long-range strategic planning are immediate yet wait in a slow-moving queue; and that following a period of joint service/science evaluation, advances in forecasting downwind particulate concentrations are already in hand that will multiply the beneficiaries of ongoing public services.