Use the map to identify the dominant dust event types seen each year, and use the knowledge to strengthen your wind erosion and ground cover management planning.
View our map: Dust Event Types
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We've categorised dust events into 4 classes in order of severity: Moderate Haze; Severe Haze; Moderate Dust Storm; Severe Dust Storm. The graph shows the proportion of dust events (No. events %) observed per year, in each category. You can see, each year, what the main type of dust event was (e.g. 60% of events were moderate hazes). When viewed together as a timeline, you can see how the main type of dust event may have changed over the years. We show data for the time period 1960 to 2011.
The location markers in the map are 'Stations'. These are meteorological (weather) stations operated by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The NRM boundaries represent natural resource management regions as defined by the Australian Government, and further refined as per the report by Leys et al. 2009 "Improving the capacity to monitor wind erosion in Australia"
The data is sourced from Bureau of Meteorology records. Time period: (1960-2011)
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For more information, contact the project manager, Dr Craig Strong.