Islanders withstand the windblown dust cloud

Sentinel-3 OLCI RR acquired on 17 June 2020 at 10:37:59 UTC
Sentinel-2 MSI acquired on 17 June 2020 at 12:07:01 UTC
Sentinel-1 CSAR IW acquired on 21 June 2020 from 09:57:51 to 09:58:20 UTC
Author(s): Sentinel Vision team, VisioTerra, France -
Keyword(s): Atmosphere, storm, erosion, dust, sand, health, archipelago, Sahara desert, Cape Verde, Canaries, Antilles
Fig. 1 - S2 + S3 OLCI (17.06.2020) - Dense clouds of sand particles blankets the sky of the volcanic Cape Verde archipelago.
These iron and phosphorus rich topsoil particles blown from western Africa also act as fertilizers for the ocean and land areas where it deposits.
Fig. 2 - 18.06.2020 - This hot dry dust causes poor air quality, it presents a health hazard and hampers airborne transports.
Fig. 3 - S1 + S3 OLCI (20.06.2020) - Von Karman vortex streets formed by fierce winds blowing across the Sahara.
Fig. 4 - 21.06.2020 - While much of Saharan Air Layer outbreaks occurs naturally, a large part is due to poor water and land management.