DUST 2016 Conference

12.06 - 17.06.2016  
Castellaneta Marina, Italy

The Italian Association for the Study of Clays (AISA) and the Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis (IMAA) are pleased to invite you to DUST 2016, the International Conference on Atmospheric Dust. The meeting provides an unique opportunity for mineralogists, physicists, geochemists, engineering, volcanologists, chemists and for many other specialists to share ideas and knowledge on the boundless world of the atmospheric particles.

Call for abstracts

Abstract submissions are due before Monday 16 November 2015. Send submissions to:

PAGES-relevant sessions

Abstract submissions are encouraged for the following PAGES-relevant sessions:

TD05 - Paleodust Archives: Constraining the magnitude of the dust cycle in the Quarternary
Convened by: Samuel Albani, Gisela Winckler and Denis-Didier Rousseau.

A variety of natural archives have the potential to preserve dust deposition. Records from ice cores, marine, lake sediments, loess/paleosol sequences, and peat bogs have proven not only to be useful proxies of past environmental and climatic conditions at regional and wider scales, but they also constitute an important archive for constraining the magnitude of the global dust cycle across various spatial and time scales. As such, their potential for the validation of Earth System Models is of utmost relevance.

In the past decade, compilations such as DIRTMAP successfully collected data from various archives worldwide, introducing the Dust Mass Accumulation Rate (MAR) as a common quantitative metric to organize paloedust data from different locations and types of archives. A more recent compilation focused on the Holocene provided a framework for consistently organizing time-resolved paleodust MARs records and particle size distributions.

We invite presentations contributing to the discussion on the state of the art of the dust cycle in the past, especially its variability over glacial/interglacial timescales and climate transitions, and how to use information from the past to improve our understanding of the key processes controlling the dust cycle and, thus, improve predictions for the near future.

Colleagues interested in collaborating with the PAGES Working Group on Dust Impact on Climate and Environment (DICE) are particularly encouraged to submit an abstract.

For more information, contact Samuel Albani at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.