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Lectures on Atmospheric Mineral Dust and its Impact on Human Health, Environment and Economy

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Lectures on Atmospheric Mineral Dust and its Impact on Human Health, Environment and Economy

Opening. From Left to right: José M. Baldasano (BSC), Emilio Cuevas (AEMET), Leonard Barrie (WMO) and José Prieto (EUMETSAT). Photo: Txus, majeferma (at) hotmail.com

13 November 2010: Lectures on Atmospheric Mineral Dust and its Impact on Human health, Environment and Economy. The conference, jointly organized by AEMET, BSC, EUMETSAT and WMO was held at CaixaForum, Barcelona, Spain.

This seminar took place at Caixa Forum, Barcelona, on 13 November 2010. It was funded by the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), EUMETSAT and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

It was a forum, which was attended by various stakeholders in the development, provision and use of information and knowledge aimed at alleviating the negative effects of atmospheric mineral dust.

The agenda was as follows:

10:15 – 10:30. Presentation. Emilio Cuevas (AEMET), José María Baldasano (BSC), José Prieto (EUMETSAT) and Leonard Barrie (WMO).

10:30 – 11:15. A Global View of Atmospheric Sand and Dust: Occurrence, Prediction and Impacts. Dr. Leonard Barrie, World Meteorological Organization, Research Department, Director.

11:45 – 12:30. Satellite Remote Sensing of Mineral Dust. Dr. José Prieto, EUMETSAT, User Service, Training Officer.

12:30 – 13:15. Ground-Based Observation of Mineral Dust. Dr. Emilio Cuevas-Agulló, AEMET, Izaña Atmospheric Research Center, Director.

15:00 – 15:45. Modeling the Dust Cycle – Implications for Climate and Air Quality. Dr. Michel Schulz, Norwegian Meteorological Institute. WMO SDS-WAS, Steering Group of the Regional Node for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe, Chair.

15:45 - 16:30. Numerical Prediction of Mineral Dust. Dr. José María Baldasano, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Earth Sciences Department, Director.

17:00 – 17:45. Sand and Dust Storm – The Less Mentioned High Impact Weather Event. Dr. Benjamin Lamptey, Regional Maritime University, Accra, Ghana.

17:45 – 18:30. Impact of African Dust on Air Quality. Dr. Xavier Querol, CSIC Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Barcelona, Research Professor.

18:30 – 18:45. Closure. Enric Terradellas, Regional Center for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe of the WMo SDS-WAS programme, Coordinator.

The chairs of the different sessions were Emilio Cuevas, Pau Aitor Escribà and Alfons Callado (AEMET) and Sara Basart (BSC).

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