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Dust monitoring is an important component of biogeochemical cycling. The goals of dust monitoring are to measure and predict changes in physical landscapes and how these changes influence landscape stability, ecosystem dynamics, and the human communities of southwestern North America. Our dust monitoring network system is a collaborative between the Geology and Environmental Change Science Center of USGS, the Southwest Biological Science Center of USGS, Canyonlands and Mesa Verde National Parks, and San Miguel county CO health department.
Our on-going dust monitoring is comprised of two different sampler networks, 1) a high volume total suspended particulate sampler (TSP) network for measuring a wide size distribution of atmospheric particles and 2) the western inventory of landscape dust emissions (WILDE) which is a network of BSNEs for understanding dust emissions from different ecosystem types.