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Training Workshop on Sand and Dust Storms in West Africa

by Enric Terradellas last modified Feb 16, 2018 02:39
When May 21, 2018
from 09:00 to 05:00
Where Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
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The State Meteorological Agency of Spain (AEMET)

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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 and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)

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Background

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.

Objectives

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

Participants

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

Language

The workshop will be conducted in English.

Support

This activity is supported by the AFRIMET cooperation project

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