WELCOME TO THE DUST^2 CLUSTER

A source-to-sink investigation of the dust system in the southwestern US as a component of the critical zone.

PASSIVE DUST COLLECTORS

Team member Jeff Munroe is maintaining a network of passive dust collectors

PISWERL

Team member Kevin Perry deploying a Portable In-Situ Wind Erosion Lab

PENETROMETER

Thorn Merrill checking the hardness of soil crust with a penetrometer

HYPERSPECTRAL SCANNER

Team member McKenzie Skiles operating a hyperspectral scanner

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About the Dust^2 Cluster

The emission, transport, and deposition of mineral dust plays a key role in functioning of the critical zone. This is especially true in mountain environments where dust deposition has been shown to alter the pH and chemistry of surface water, contribute to soil formation, deliver important plant available nutrients, and decrease the albedo of snow, causing earlier snowpack melt.

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