Virtual Talk: The ‘Godzilla’ Saharan Dust Plume of June 2020
  • Time: 19:00 - 20:00
  • Date: Tuesday 11 August 2020
  • Location: Online, using Demio
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  • Cost: Free event
  • Type: Lectures and seminars
  • Open to: General public
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A talk hosted by the Yorkshire Local Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society

SPEAKER: Dr Claire Ryder, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading

During June 2020 a massive plume of Saharan dust was transported across the Atlantic to the Americas, thought to be the largest event of its kind for 50 years. Although dust is normally transported westwards from Africa during summertime in a warm, dry elevated layer known as the Saharan Air Layer, the ‘Godzilla’ June 2020 dust plume was unusually dense and widespread, resulting in many all-time dust records being broken.

Impacts of the dust on air quality on Caribbean nations and several US states was severe.

In this talk Dr Ryder will describe the characteristics of this record-breaking event, causes of the unusual dust loadings, and impacts on health and air quality.

Registration is required in order to receive joining instructions for Demio.

This will be a 30-minute talk followed by a 10-minute Q&A. The meeting will open 6.50pm onwards for attendees to join and the event will start promptly at 7pm. For any queries please contact