Thematic Network on High Latitude Dust


UArctic Thematic Network on High Latitude Dust (HLD) is an international scientific network committed to the support of research in the field of aerosol science focused on dust at high latitudes, with a main focus on Polar Regions. We are researchers, educators and innovators interested in understanding the climate and socio-economic impacts of High Latitude Dust (HLD) in the Arctic. The IceDust was established in 2016 and currently involves more than 110 scientists from 53 institutions in 21 countries, and is rapidly increasing in number.


  • Creating a dialog between scientists and educators from interdisciplinary backgrounds and focusing the interaction between diverse scientific disciplines, such as atmosphere, cryosphere, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, regarding the impacts of HLD on socio-economic sectors (air quality and wellbeing, road safety, human health, energy production, and more).
  • Organizing the HLD Workshops in Reykjavik, Iceland since 2016.
  • Providing knowledge on HLD impacts through publications, media and dust forecasts (see here and here). 
  • Citizen science to monitor dust storms at high latitudes.
  • Shaping the aerosol research in Europe through a membership in the European Aerosol Assembly.
  • Tracking publication record related to HLD and other aerosol.

The HLD Network encourages the implementation of collaborative research projects, the organization of scientific meetings such as HLD Workshop, the development of joint applications for funding, the training of students, sharing facilities, and expertise especially from field measurements. Additional planned activities of the HLD Network are scientific outputs, joint field campaigns, development of HLD forecasting, mobility of researchers and students, teaching and training, science-art projects, and cooperation with other TNs on environmental issues, safety, health and well-being in the Arctic.


  • Meinander, O., Dagsson-Waldhauserova, P., Amosov, P., Aseyeva, E., Atkins, C., Baklanov, A., Baldo, C., Barr, S., Barzycka, B., Benning, L., Cvetkovic, B., Enchilik, P., Frolov, D., Gassó, S., Kandler, K., Kasimov, N., Kavan, J., King, J., Koroleva, T., Krupskaya, V., Kusiak, M., Laska, M., Lasne, J., Lewandowski, M., Luks, B., McQuaid, J., Moroni, B., Murray, B., Möhler, O., Nawrot, A., Nickovic, S., O’Neill, N., Pejanovic, G., Popovicheva, O., Ranjbar, K., Romanias, M., Samonova, O., Sanchez-Marroquin, A., Schepanski, K., Semenkov, I., Sharapova, A., Shevnina, E., Shi, Z., Sofiev, M., Thevenet, F., Thorsteinsson, T., Timofeev, M., Umo, N. S., Uppstu, A., Urupina, D., Varga, G., Werner, T., Arnalds, O., and Vukovic Vimic, A., 2022. Newly identified climatically and environmentally significant high latitude dust sources. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 22, 11889–11930, doi: 10.5194/acp-2021-963 
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), 2022. Sand and Dust Storms Compendium: Information and Guidance on Assessing and Addressing the Risks. Bonn, Germany, p. 345. 
  • Boy, M., Thomson, E. S., Acosta Navarro, J.-C., Arnalds, O., Batchvarova, E., Bäck, J., Berninger, F., Bilde, M., Brasseur, Z., Dagsson-Waldhauserova, P., Castarède, D., Dalirian, M., de Leeuw, G., Dragosics, M., Duplissy, E.-M., Duplissy, J., Ekman, A. M. L., Fang, K., Gallet, J.-C., Glasius, M., Gryning, S.-E., Grythe, H., Hansson, H.-C., Hansson, M., Isaksson, E., Iversen, T., Jonsdottir, I., Kasurinen, V., Kirkevåg, A., Korhola, A., Krejci, R., Kristjansson, J. E., Lappalainen, H. K., Lauri, A., Leppäranta, M., Lihavainen, H., Makkonen, R., Massling, A., Meinander, O., Nilsson, E. D., Olafsson, H., Pettersson, J. B. C., Prisle, N. L., Riipinen, I., Roldin, P., Ruppel, M., Salter, M., Sand, M., Seland, Ø., Seppä, H., Skov, H., Soares, J., Stohl, A., Ström, J., Svensson, J., Swietlicki, E., Tabakova, K., Thorsteinsson, T., Virkkula, A., Weyhenmeyer, G. A., Wu, Y., Zieger, P., and Kulmala, M., 2019.  Interactions between the atmosphere, cryosphere, and ecosystems at northern high latitudes, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 2015-2061. 
  • Bachelder, J., Cadieux, M., Liu-Kang, C., Lambert, P., Filoche, A., Aparecida Galhardi, J., Hadioui, M., Chaput, A., Bastien-Thibault, M.-P., Wilkinson, K.J., King, J., and Hayes, P.J., 2020. Chemical and microphysical properties of wind-blown dust near an actively retreating glacier in Yukon, Canada. Aerosol Science and Technology 54:1, 2-20, DOI: 10.1080/02786826.2019.1676394 
  • Arnalds O, Dagsson-Waldhauserova P, Olafsson H.  2016.  The Icelandic volcanic aeolian environment: Processes and impacts – A review. Aeolian Research 20, 176-195. 
  • Groot Zwaaftink, C. D., H. Grythe, H. Skov, and A. Stohl, 2016.  Substantial contribution of northern high-latitude sources to mineral dust in the Arctic, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 121(22), 13,678-613.