In the media

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.

- DustWatch coordinators provided information to the media as it happened (including ABC 7:30 Report external link & a media release external link)

- 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 [1]. View article > external link

Educational programs

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 external link.

Full list of media publications

Dust storm clouds east coast

ABC 7:30 Report, 23 September 2009

URL: external link  

Dust in our Veins

ABC Online Science photo gallery. 2010.

 URL: external link

Dust Readings off the Chart

NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change. 23 September 2009.

 URL: link

Out in the desert - a science project

The Australian, author: Guy Healy.  12 December 2007.

 URL:,25197,22909039-13881,00.html external link

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: external link

DustWatch: community networks to improve wind erosion monitoring in Australia


URL: external link


Bush Telegraph, ABC Rural. Monday 25 July 2005.

URL: external link



 [1] 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 > external link




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