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Training Workshop on Sand and Dust Storms in the Arab Region

by Enric Terradellas last modified Jan 11, 2018 02:56 PM
When Feb 10, 2018 09:00 AM to
Feb 12, 2018 06:00 PM
Where Cairo, Egypt
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League of Arab States

World Meteorological Organization

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

UN Environment

Egyptian Meteorological Authority

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are pleased to announce the Training Workshop on Sand and Dust Storms in the Arab Region that will be held in Cairo, Egypt, on 10-12 February 2018 in collaboration with the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the State Meteorological Agency of Spain (AEMET) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)

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I. Background

Realizing the increasing challenge of addressing sand and dust storm in the Arab region and its impacts on various economic sectors such as agriculture, energy, transportation, health and others, the Executive Bureau of the Council of Ministers responsible for Meteorology and Climate of the League of Arab States in its meeting in April 2017 requested the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in coordination with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and UN Environment, to organize training course for the professionals in Arab States to increase their technical capacities in handling this meteorological/environmental phenomenon.

II. Objectives

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Enhance the technical capacities of operational and research meteorologists from Arab States on the analysis, prediction and projection of sand and dust storms, including the use of ground and satellite observations of dust, dust storm modeling and prediction, dust classification, data assimilation in dust models, etc.
  • Enhance the understanding of multi-dimensional impacts of sand and dust storms and their impacts on socio-economic sectors and ecosystems.
  • Discuss opportunities for furthering collective regional work on sand and dust storms at the regional level in view of supporting the coordination of joint activities.

 

III. Workshop Structure and Methodology

The training will be carried out over three days. The first day will include presentations by United Nations organizations on various aspects of sand and dust storms, followed by discussions. Sessions on understanding and modelling the dust cycle and the use of ground observations in monitoring of dust movements will be provided. On the second day, the methodologies applied for the satellite observations of dust, dust classification, and modelling of dust movements will be presented. During the last day, dust prediction and data assimilation techniques in dust models will be demonstrated. Hands on training on the models and tools used will be provided throughout the workshop.

IV. Expected Outcomes

The workshop aims to achieve the following:

  • Enhance the skills of the operational and research meteorologists of Arab States in sand and dust storms monitoring, prediction and modelling;
  • Improve understanding and knowledge on the multi-dimensional effects of the sand and dust storms;
  • Agree on a set of coordinated activities for supporting future work on sand and dust storms at the regional level.

 

V. Participants

The main participants are the operational and research meteorologists from the Arab States. Other participants from other relevant sectors engaged in sand and dust storms management (policy, mitigation, etc.) who are willing to learn more about the sand and dust storms will be also targeted.

VI. Language

The workshop will be conducted in the English language. No interpretation will be provided.

VII. Venue and Date

The three-day workshop will be held at Regional Training Center of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority in Cairo, Egypt from 10 to 12 February 2018.

VIII. Contacts

Mr. Tarek SadekWater Resources Section
Sustainable Development Policies Division
ESCWA
Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: +961 1 981 520
Fax: +961 1 981 510/511/512
Mobile: +961 70 824 432
E-mail: sadekt@un.org
Mr. Ashraf Nour Shalaby
Regional Coordinator for Climate Change and Meteorology
Department of Housing, Environment and Water
Economic Sector
League of Arab States
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +202 257 50511
E-mail: ashrafnour03@hotmail.com

Mr. Hesham Abdelghany Moussa
WMO Representative for West Asia
WMO
Manama, Bahrain
Tel: +973 173 19401
Fax: +973 173 11607
Mobile: +973 339 52312
E-mail: habdelghany@wmo.int

 


Mr. Abdul-Majeid Haddad
Regional Climate Change Coordinator
Manager of Implementation
UN Environment
Manama, Bahrain
Tel: +973 17 812 754
Fax: +973 17 825 110/1
Mobile: +973 360 44805
E-mail: majeid.haddad@unep.org
Mr. Ashraf Zakey
Undersecretary of State
Central Administration Department for Research and Climate
Ministry of Civil Aviation
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +202 267 44721
Mobile: +201 152 655113
Fax: +202 267 44721
E-mail: ashzakey@gmail.com

 

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