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International Workshop on "Meteorology, sand and dust storm, combating desertification and erosion"

by Enric Terradellas last modified Aug 08, 2016 04:39 PM
When Oct 04, 2016 09:00 AM to
Oct 07, 2016 06:00 PM
Where Istanbul, Turkey
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Training Information

1. Background

Dust plays a major role in several aspects of the Earth System. Dust transport delivers many of the nutrients to biota on both land and in the ocean. Atmospheric dust changes the weather and climate directly by participating in the radiative energy exchange as well as indirectly influencing cloud formation. Atmospheric dust can also impair human and electronic vision. In extreme dust storms, the airborne dust is a hazard to human activities, including transportation, human health.

Still, a full quantitative source-receptor relationship for transcontinental transport of dust is not in hand. Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System (SDS-WAS) had been formed in WMO- WWRP (World Weather Research Programme). The establishment of the SDS-WAS project is a response to interest of more than 40 WMO members to improve capabilities for more reliable sand and dust storm forecasts.

The 8-particles Dust Regional Atmospheric Model (BSC-DREAM8b) had been operated at TSMS by using ECMWF initial and boundary data. BSC-DREAM8b is an integrated modeling system designed to describe accurate dust cycle in the atmosphere. The system is in operational use during the last 1 year, providing 72 hours forecasts for the Great Mediterranean Basin. The results are available on the internet (

Referring to the Regional Cooperation on Environment and Meteorology between Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Qatar, and as agreed in the “Action Plan” signed during the 2nd Ministerial Meeting in Tehran, Iran (26-29 September 2010), training on “Workshop on Meteorology, Sand and Dust Storm (SDS), Combating Desertification and Erosion” were held by Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS) at 26-28 November 2012, Ankara/TURKEY. Second workshop was held by TSMS at 28-31 October, 2013 in Istanbul/TURKEY.

2. Aims

Wider engagement and consultation is necessary in developing a consolidated policy on Sand and Dust Storms (SDS). This workshop will be an opportunity for key players from the West Asia and the North Africa region to collectively review and provide input to a draft policy on SDS under development.

To exchange of information/knowledge and experience on combating sand and dust storms (SDS), early warning systems and economic impact of SDS, wind erosion, sand stabilization regarding on combating desertification from the interested countries,

To promote effective cooperation among the related institutions and countries and transfer of technology and know-how on the field of combating sand and dust storms,

3. Key Stakeholders and expected participants


  • UNCCD NFPs, experts and technicians from the West Asia, North Africa, and possibly Central Asia

4. Content

  • Sand and Dust Storm (SDS)

  • Combating Desertification and Erosion


SDS Policy

Dust - Climate Interaction

WMO Sand and Dust Storm Warning, Advisory and Assessment System (SDS-WAS)

Drought and Desertification in Terms of Climate and Climate Change

Sand and Dust Observations

A Global Dust-Health Early Warning System

Satellite Information for SDS Early Warning

Using of the Remote Sensing for Desert Watch

Sand and Dust Storm Forecast

Desertification and Wind Erosion Risk Map

The Global Assessment of SDS

Economic Impact of SDS

SDS Trends over the Middle East - Northern Africa Region

Examples of Good Practices

5. Date and Venue

04-07 October 2016, İstanbul/TURKEY

6. Language

The languages of the training will be Turkish and English.

7. Qualification of Participants

Educational Level: BS or above

Position/task: Engineers/Experts from the relevant departments

Experience: At least 2 years of relevant working experiences

Language: Proficiency in English

8. Deadline for Nominations

Nominated candidates are requested to complete the attached /below Nomination form and return it to the Turkish State Meteorological Service not later than 26 August 2016.

Nomination Form

9. Payment of Registration or Tuition Fees

All administrative expenses of the training and tuition fees shall be covered by the host country.

10. Air Fare Costs

Flight Tickets for a limited number of participants will be provided by TSMS.

11. Local Transfers

All local transfers between Ankara Airport, Hotel and Facilities will be provided by host country with no cost.

12. Accommodation

Accommodation and meals (inc. breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be covered by host country with no expense board.

*** Please note that there will be no per diem allowance payable for the participants.

13. Insurance

Participants are fully responsible for any expenses in the event of death, illness or injury attributable to the attendance at training, and for arranging for such life, health and other form of insurance, as they consider appropriate. The participants are highly recommended to make a travel insurance that covers their travel and visit period. Organization accepts no responsibility for compensation in such events.

14. Climate Data for the Period of the Training

Istanbul in October

Mean precipitation : 67.9 mm

Mean temperature : 16.4 C°

Mean maximum temperature : 20.4 C°

Mean minimum temperature : 13.6 C°

15. Contacts

A. Gökçen IŞIK

Turkish State Meteorological Service

Research Department,

Division of Atmospheric Modelling

Tel : + 90 312 203 27 54

Fax : + 90 312 203 27 32

E-mail :

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