Environmental characteristics of sandstorm of Minqin Oasis in China for recent 50 years

ZHANG Ke-cun , QU Jian-jun , ZU Rui-ping , FANG Hai-yan


Received ,Revised , Accepted , Available online

Volume 17,2005,Pages 857-860

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The purpose of this present study is to investigate the frequency and variation of sandstorm in Minqin Oasis. Using daily observational data of sandstorm and other meteorologic data from 1954 to 2000, we have illuminated the relationship between sandstorm,meteorological parameters and human activities. The results of the analysis show that the highest frequency of sandstorms occurrence and their duration mainly focus on March, April and May, especially in April. Most of sandstorms occur from midday to nightfall, but relative few appear from midnight to forenoon, which apparently correlates to the daily variations of atmospheric thermal stability within atmospheric boundary layer. Monthly mean and annual mean duration of sandstorms coincide well with the frequencies of sandstorm occurrence.

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