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.

Other Information

More information and past activities can be found here.

Video interview: Pavla Dagsson-Waldhauserova, Lead, and Outi Meinander, Vice-Lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on High Latitude Dust