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Yellow-sand Monitoring

Yellow sand is a phenomenon in which dust is blown up into the upper atmosphere in desert regions of the Asian Continent and transported to Japan, and is usually observed in spring. It is important to monitor yellow-sand events due to their potentially serious impact on social activities. At the MSC, the distribution, concentration and movement of yellow-sand events around Japan are retrieved from MTSAT imagery.

Sample of yellow sand monitoring
Visible imagery (Left), Infrared differential imagery (Right)
22UTC on April, 7 - 09 UTC on April 8, 2006
(Click to enlarge the left image.)   (Click to enlarge the right image.)

Infrared differential imagery: 10.8-12 µm.

Last updated 10 March 2009 (E)