African dust aerosols as atmospheric ice nuclei Academic Article uri icon


  • Measurements of the ice nucleating ability of aerosol particles in air masses over Florida having sources from North Africa support the potential importance of dust aerosols for indirectly affecting cloud properties and climate. The concentrations of ice nuclei within dust layers at particle sizes below 1 m exceeded 1 cm 3; the highest ever reported with our device at temperatures warmer than homogeneous freezing conditions. These measurements add to previous direct and indirect evidence of the ice nucleation efficiency of desert dust aerosols, but also confirm their contribution to ice nuclei populations at great distances from source regions.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • DeMott, P. J., Sassen, K., Poellot, M. R., Baumgardner, D., Rogers, D. C., Brooks, S. D., Prenni, A. J., & Kreidenweis, S. M.

citation count

  • 714

complete list of authors

  • DeMott, PJ||Sassen, K||Poellot, MR||Baumgardner, D||Rogers, DC||Brooks, SD||Prenni, AJ||Kreidenweis, SM

publication date

  • July 2003