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Training Workshop on Sand and Dust Storms in West Africa

by Enric Terradellas last modified May 29, 2018 10:08 AM
When May 21, 2018
from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where La Laguna, Spain
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The State Meteorological Agency of Spain (AEMET)


is pleased to announce the Training Workshop on Sand and Dust Storms in West Africa that will be held in Tenerife, Spain, on 21 May 2018 in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), EUMETSAT and InDust (COST Action CA16202).







Laguna Nivaria hotel. 11 Adelantado square. La Laguna


More than 300 million people live in West Africa, a region divided into 18 countries and covering large areas of the Sahara, the Sahel and the Gulf of Guinea. The Sahara is the most extensive desert on Earth and the main emission source of mineral dust into the atmosphere. Airborne dust does not only affect the desert itself, but, especially in winter and spring, is dragged to densely populated areas of the Sahel and the Gulf of Guinea, where it causes a deep deterioration of air quality and triggers serious health problems. High concentrations of dust also affect agriculture, aviation, due to the drastic reduction in visibility, and other socio-economic sectors.


The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Enhance the understanding of the physical processes involved in the dust cycle and the impacts of airborne dust on air quality, health, aviation and diverse socio-economic sectors.
  • Enhance the technical capacities of operational meteorologists from West Africa on the analysis and prediction of sand and dust storms, including the use of ground and satellite observations, as well as avialable dust predictions


The expected participants are operational meteorologists from West African National Meteorological Services.


The workshop will be conducted in English.


This activity is supported by the AFRIMET cooperation project

Draft Agenda

9:30 - 10:00 Presentation (Antonio Conesa, AEMET)
10:00 - 11:00 Dust cycle and impacts (Enric Terradellas, AEMET)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30 Ground observation of dust (Emilio Cuevas, AEMET)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 - 15:00 Satellite observation of dust (Jose Prieto, EUMETSAT)
15:00 - 16:00 Dust modelling and forecast (Sara Basart, BSC)
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 - 17:30 SDS-WAS products (Enric Terradellas, AEMET)
17:30 - 18:00 Closure (Enric terradellas / Antonio Conesa, AEMET)

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