Sabine Egerer whirls up dust

Sabine Egerer, PhD candidate in the department "The Land in the Atmosphere" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) presented her research with a 'Live performance simulation study on drivers of Saharan dust emission and transport' at the 'N2 Science Communication Conference' in Berlin. The presentation caught a lot of attention and was awarded the first prize in the Art Contest. Congratulations!

Sabine Egerer presented her work on the dynamics of Saharan dust transport to the North Atlantic during the Holocene. Analogue to the global circulation computer model she uses to perform simulations on the dust cycle, she built the 'Saharan box', a shoebox filled with sand. Using a hairdryer, the sand was blown on a white, wet sheet of paper. As in her research project, she tested different parameters that influence dust emission and transport, such as wind strength (level of the hairdryer), soil wetness (applying a spray bottle), the effect of vegetation (in form of obstacles in the box) and the size of dust particles. In the end, she created an artwork bridging the gap between art and science.

The event took place from 6th to 8th November in Berlin and was organized by and for PhD students of the Max Planck Society as well as the Helmholtz and Leibniz Associations. A colourful programme of interesting talks and workshops was offered to enable and encourage the students to communicate their research to the public. They also had the possibility to show their creativity by presenting their research in a poster session and in an art contest.

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Sabine Egerer
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: +49 (0) 40 41173 542
Email: sabine.egerer@we dont want