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Workshop on Meteorology, Sand and Dust Storm (SDS), Combating Desertification and Erosion

by Enric Terradellas last modified Nov 04, 2013 03:18 PM
  • WestAsia
When Oct 28, 2013 09:00 AM to
Oct 31, 2013 06:00 PM
Where Istanbul, Turkey
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1. Background

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 held in Tehran, Iran (26-29 September 2010), training on Meteorology, Sand and Dust Storm (SDS), Combating Desertification and Erosion was hosted by the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS) November 26-28, 2012 in Ankara/TURKEY.

2. Aims

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. While in the air, dust changes the weather and climate, both directly by its participation in radiative energy exchange as well as indirectly by 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 Mediterranean region. The results are available on the internet (

The main objective of the training is to share and exchange basic information and practices of the participant countries on Sand and Dust Storms (SDS) and Meteorological Services.

3. Content

Sand and Dust Storm (SDS) Observations and Forecasts
Combating Desertification and Erosion

4. Date and Venue

28-31 October 2013, İstanbul/TURKEY

5. Language

The languages of the training will be Turkish and English

6. 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

7. Deadline for Nominations

Nominated candidates are requested to complete the attached Nomination form and return it to the Turkish State Meteorological Service not later than 4 October 2013.

8. Payment of Registration or Tuition Fees

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

9. Air Fare Costs

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

10. Local Transfers

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

11. Accommodation

Accommodation and meals (inc. breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be covered by host country. Please note that there will be no per diem allowance payable for the participants.

12. 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.

13. Climate Data for the Period of the Training

İstanbul in October;

Mean precipitation                    :  67.9 mm
Mean temperature                     :  16.4 C°
Mean maximum temperature    :  20.4 C°
Mean minimum temperature     :  13.6 C°

14. Contacts.

SDS & Meteorology:

Cihan Dundar
Environmental Engineer
Research Department
Turkish State Meteorological Service
Tel: +90 312 302 26 88
Fax: +90 312 361 20 40

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