Soil System Sciences

Soils at Imaggeo: flying over the Saharan Cauldron

Carolina Cavazos-Guerra, Germany

Bird’s-eye view of Sahara, by Carolina Cavazos-Guerra. Click to see the original picture at Imaggeo.

The Saharan desert has one of the most extreme climates on Earth. The dust loading and thermodynamics over this region are unique, and have major impacts on the climate of North Africa, Europe and the Atlantic. Fennec is a large-scale programme designed to tackle one of the world’s key climate regions by delivering the most comprehensive field campaign ever mounted in this hugely-empty, fiercely hot and inhospitable region.

This post was also published simultaneously in G-Soil.

Antonio Jordán is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Seville and coordinator of the MED Soil Research Group. Antonio’s research focusses on rainfall-induced soil erosion processes, the effects of wildfires on soil properties and soil degradation in Mediterranean areas. He is an active members of the Soil System Sciences (SSS) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), which coordinates the scientific programme on soil sciences.