BULLARD, J., 2010. Bridging the gap between field data and global models: current strategies in aeolian research. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 35 (4), pp. 496-499.
Modern global models of earth-atmosphere-ocean processes are becoming increasingly sophisticated but still require
validation against empirical data and observations. This commentary reports on international initiatives amongst aeolian researchers
that seek to combine fi eld-based data sets and geomorphological frameworks for improving the quality of data available to
constrain and validate global models. These include a second iteration of the Dust Indicators and Records from Terrestrial Marine
Palaeoenvironments (DIRTMAP2) database, the Digital Atlas of Sand Seas and Dunefi elds of the World and a new geomorphologybased
land surface map produced by the QUEST (Quantifying Uncertainties in the Earth System) Working Group on Dust.