True-color corrected reflectance image of a large dust storm over Iraq, on 16 May 2022. This image was acquired by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite. Another large dust storm also occurred on 5 May 2022, and the increasing frequency of dust storms in recent years appear to be fueled by record-low rainfall, drought, and desertification.
The embedded map above shows the dust score layer overlaid on the true color corrected reflectance image of the dust storm over Iraq. Dust Score was acquired by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) aboard the Aqua satellite.