Coverage of major dust storms
The dust storm of 23 September 2009, nicknamed 'Red Dawn', affected most of the east coast of Australia. Major cities, notably Sydney, experienced the dust.
- Factsheets are available that describe major dust storms, including the storm of September 2009. Browse factsheets >
- DustWatch coordinators have published a scientific paper about the 'Red Dawn' dust storm. The research estimated that 2.54 million tonnes of soil was lost from Australia as a result of the storm . View article >
The DustWatch group established School DustWatch in 2006. The program ran in several schools in remote central Australia. More info:
- read more about School DustWatch
- visit the website
- read the newspaper article .
Full list of media publications
Dust storm clouds east coast
ABC 7:30 Report, 23 September 2009
Dust in our Veins
ABC Online Science photo gallery. 2010.
Dust Readings off the Chart
NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change. 23 September 2009.
Out in the desert - a science project
The Australian, author: Guy Healy. 12 December 2007.
Eastern Australia braces for dust summer
Griffith University, Australia. 10 October 2007
Livelihoods in desert Australia from managing natural and cultural resources: DustWatch possibilities
- URL: http://nintione.com.au/publication/dkcrc-0538
DustWatch: community networks to improve wind erosion monitoring in Australia
Bush Telegraph, ABC Rural. Monday 25 July 2005.
 Leys JF, Heidenreich SK, Strong CL, McTainsh GH & Quigley S. 2011. PM10 concentrations and mass transport during “Red Dawn” – Sydney 23 September 2009. Aeolian Research 3 (3): 327-342. View article >