What is it about?
The overall objective of this study was to demonstrate the role of dust and sandstorms in increasing the drought areas and reducing runoff in the study area by characterizing the statistical analysis between them and rain, temperature, Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) and runoff values. In addition, the feeding regions of these storms were identified and mapped to indicate how they moved towards the study area by studying and analysing the direction of the winds in the area. A storm is tracked as an example of these phenomena using GIS particle tracking analysis where the path of the storm, its changing size and the duration of the occurrence are identified. Four feeding-sources areas were detected, two of them from outside the Iraqi border and the other within the Iraqi border. These sources are identified below where the effective dust and sand load fluctuated between very low to moderate according to adopted dust loads in the Middle East map
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Why is it important?
The study area represents the Iraqi agricultural economic centre, providing Iraq with significant quantities of wheat and barley crops that are necessary to meet the requirements of the population.
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This page is a summary of: The Impact of Dust and Sandstorms in Increasing Drought Areas in Nineveh Province, North-western Iraq, Journal of Asian and African Studies, November 2018, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0021909618812913.
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