2023

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2023

Francis D., R. Fonseca, N. Nelli, D. Bozkurt, J. Cuesta, E. Bosc, On the Middle East’s severe dust storms in spring 2022: Triggers and impacts, Atmospheric Environment, 2023, 119539, ISSN 1352-2310.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2022.119539


2022

Abida, R.; Addad, Y.; Francis, D.; Temimi, M.; Nelli, N.; Fonseca, R.; Nesterov, O.; Bosc, E. Evaluation of the Performance of the WRF Model in a Hyper-Arid Environment: A Sensitivity Study. Atmosphere 2022, 13, 985.
https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos13060985


Francis, D., Fonseca, R., & Nelli, N. (2022). Key Factors Modulating the Threat of the Arabian Sea’s Tropical Cyclones to the Gulf Countries. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 127, e2022JD036528.
https://doi.org/10.1029/2022JD036528


Francis, D., Fonseca, R., Mattingly, K. S., Marsh, O. J., Lhermitte, S., & Cherif, C. (2022). Atmospheric triggers of the Brunt Ice Shelf calving in February 2021. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 127, e2021JD036424.
https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JD036424


Diana Francis, Ricardo Fonseca, Narendra Nelli, Oriol Teixido, Ruqaya Mohamed, Richard Perry, 2022, Increased Shamal winds and dust activity over the Arabian Peninsula during the COVID-19 lockdown period in 2020, Aeolian Research, Volume 55, 2022, 100786, ISSN 1875-9637. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aeolia.2022.100786


Fonseca R., D. Francis, N. Nelli, and C. Cherif (2022) Regional atmospheric circulation patterns driving consecutive fog events in the United Arab Emirates, Atmospheric Research, 2022, 106506, ISSN 0169-8095.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2022.106506


Fonseca, R., Francis, D., Nelli, N., Farrah, S., Wehbe, Y., Al Hosari, T., & Al Mazroui, A. (2022). Assessment of the WRF Model as a Guidance Tool into Cloud Seeding Operations in the United Arab Emirates. Earth and Space Science, 9, e2022EA002269.
https://doi.org/10.1029/2022EA002269


Nelli N., D. Francis, R. Fonseca, E. Bosc, Y. Addad, M. Temimi, R. Abida, M. Weston, C. Cherif (2022) Characterization of the atmospheric circulation near the Empty Quarter desert during major weather events. Front. Environ. Sci. – Atmosphere and Climate.
https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2022.972380


Parajuli SP, Jin Q and Francis D (2022) Editorial: Atmospheric dust: How it affects climate, environment and life on Earth?. Front. Environ. Sci. 10:1058052. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2022.1058052.
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fenvs.2022.1058052/full


Raj P., N. Padiyath, N. Semioshkina, Y. Addad, F. Foulon, D. Francis, G. Voigt, 2022, Conceptualization of arid region radioecology strategies for agricultural ecosystems of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Science of The Total Environment, 2022, 154965, ISSN 0048-9697. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.154965


Weston, M., Francis, D., Nelli, N. R., Fonseca, R., Temimi, M., Addad, Y., The first characterisation of fog microphysics in the United Arab Emirates, an arid region on the Arabian Peninsula.
https://doi.org/10.1029/2021EA002032


Zittis G. , M. Almazroui, P. Alpert, P. Ciais, W. Cramer, Y. Dahdal, M. Fnais, D. Francis et al., Climate change and weather extremes in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, Reviews of Geophysics.
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2021RG000762

2021


Francis D., R. Fonseca, N. Nelli, Deniz Bozkurt, G. Picard, B. Guan, Atmospheric rivers drive exceptional Saharan dust transport towards Europe, Atmospheric Research, 2021, 105959, ISSN 0169-8095,( https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169809521005159). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2021.105959


Francis D., N. Nelli, R. Fonseca, M. Weston, C. Flamant, C. Cherif, 2021, The dust load and radiative impact associated with the June 2020 historical Saharan dust storm, Atmospheric Environment, Volume 268, 2022, 118808, ISSN 1352-2310.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2021.118808


Francis, D., Mattingly, K. S., Lhermitte, S., Temimi, M., and Heil, P.: Atmospheric extremes caused high oceanward sea surface slope triggering the biggest calving event in more than 50 years at the Amery Ice Shelf, The Cryosphere, 15, 2147–2165, 2021.
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-2147-2021


Francis, D., ‘Rivers in the sky’ carrying warm air destroy precious Antarctic sea ice, 2021, The Science Breaker Journal.
https://doi.org/10.25250/thescbr.brk528


Francis, D, Temimi, M, Fonseca, R, et al. On the analysis of a summertime convective event in a hyperarid environment. Q J R Meteorol Soc. 2021; 147: 501– 525.
https://doi.org/10.1002/qj.3930


Fonseca, R., Francis, D., Weston, M., Nelli, N., Farah, S., Wehbe, Y., AlHosari, T., Teixido, O., Mohamed, R. Sensitivity of Summertime Convection to Aerosol Loading and Properties in the United Arab Emirates. Atmosphere 2021, 12, 1687.
https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12121687


Fonseca, R., Francis, D., Nelli, N., Thota, M., 2021. Climatology of the Heat Low and the Intertropical Discontinuity in the Arabian Peninsula. International Journal of Climatology.
http://doi.org/10.1002/joc.7291


Nelli, N. R., Fissehaye, S., Francis, D., Fonseca, R., Temimi, M., Weston, M., Abida, R., and O. Nesterov (2021) “Characteristics of atmospheric aerosols over the UAE inferred from CALIPSO and Sun Photometer Aerosol Optical Depth.” Earth and Space Sciences .
https://doi.org/10.1029/2020EA001360


Nelli, N.R., Francis, D., Fonseca, R., Abida, R., Weston, M., Youssef, W., Al Hosary, T., 2021. The Atmospheric Controls of Extreme Convective Events over the Southern Arabian Peninsula during the Spring Season. Atmospheric Research, 105788.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2021.105788


Weston, M., Temimi, M., Fonseca, R., Nelli, N. R., D. Francis and S. Piketh (2021) “A rule-based method for diagnosing radiation fog in an arid region from NWP forecasts.” Journal of Hydrology.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.126189


2020

Francis, D., Fonseca, R., Nelli, N. R., Cuesta, J., Evan, A., and M. Temimi (2020) “The Atmospheric Drivers of the Major Saharan Dust Storm in June 2020.” Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL090102.
https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL090102


Francis, D., Mattingly, K. S., Lhermitte, S., Temimi, M., and P., Heil (2020). “Atmospheric extremes triggered the biggest calving event in more than 50 years at the Amery Ice shelf in September 2019.” The Cryosphere Discussions.
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2020-219


Francis D., J-P. Chaboureau, N. Nelli, J. Cuesta, N. Alshamsi, M. Temimi, L. Xue, O. Pauluis (2020), Summertime dust storms over the Arabian Peninsula and impacts on radiation, circulation, cloud development and rain, Atmospheric Research, 2020, 105364, ISSN 0169-8095.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2020.105364


Francis D., K. S. Mattingly, M. Temimi, R. Massom, P. Heil, On the crucial role of atmospheric rivers in the two major Weddell Polynya events in 1973 and 2017 in Antarctica. Sci. Adv. 6, eabc2695 (2020).
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/46/eabc2695


Nelli, N. R., Temimi, M., Fonseca, R., Francis, D., Nesterov, O., Abida, R., Weston, M., and A. Kumar (2020). Anatomy of the Annular Solar Eclipse of 26 December 2019 and its Impact on Land-Atmosphere Interactions over an Arid Region. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (Accepted)
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9126854