Dust aerosol responsible for snowmelt at higher elevation in western Himalayan Region

While black carbon has a large effect on snow darkening and resultant melting of snow, dust particles transported from as far as Saudi Arabia that gets deposited in the Western Himalayan Region has a large role to play in melting of snow, particularly at higher elevations.

Decreased dust aerosol leads to reduced rainfall over north India

Even as aerosol loading is increasing at a rate of 3% annually, the quantum of dust aerosol over north India during the pre-monsoon period has reduced during the period 2000-2015. Reduced dust aerosol loading during pre-monsoon period might be reducing rainfall during early monsoon over north India. Though the aerosol burden over north India is … Continue reading Decreased dust aerosol leads to reduced rainfall over north India