It could have a positive impact on reducing hurricanes occurrence and enhancing CO2 uptake in the ocean.
As the Saharan dust plume crosses the Caribbean in its way to the Gulf Coast region, the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University professor Natalie Mahowald on Thursday stated it could have positive environmental effects.
Even when dust plume threatens air quality, According to Mahowald, it could lead to fewer hurricanes and enhanced CO2 uptake in the ocean.
"North African dust over the tropical North Atlantic blocks the incoming sunlight and tends to reduce the ocean temperature. This tends to lead to fewer and weaker hurricanes, so that is good news for folks living in the tropics."
The professor, who is also a fellow at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, explained that although when dust composition is poorly known, it could help to develop biodiversity due to some vital components present in it.