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Announcement

by Enric Terradellas last modified Nov 27, 2014 12:58 PM
Satellite and ground observation and modelling of atmospheric dust

Direction de la Météorologie Nationale (DMN, Morocco)

Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET, Spain)

European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)

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welcome you to Casablanca, Morocco, for the ‘4th Training Course on WMO SDS-WAS products (satellite and ground observation and modelling of atmospheric dust)’ to be held 17-20 November 2014.

The local organizer of the event is the National Meteorology Direction

The course coordinators are SDS-WAS. Regional Center for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe and Barcelona Dust Forecast Center

Background

A large amount of sand and dust is continually raised from bare, dry soils and transported downwind affecting regions hundreds to thousands of kilometres away.  For countries in and around arid regions, airborne dust represents a significant threat. First, dust storms cause soil loss and damage to crop plants, thereby reducing agricultural productivity. Then, it has negative impact on human health, causing respiratory and cardio-vascular problems, eye infections and, in some regions, serious diseases such as meningitis. The main effects on the economy are related to reduced visibility, affecting aircraft and road transportation, and to polluted air, affecting semiconductor industry or solar power plants. When deposited onto soil or ocean surfaces, mineral dust can have beneficial effects on certain ecosystems, such as Central and South American rain forests, which get most of their mineral nutrients from the Sahara, and iron-poor ocean regions, where the availability of this metal allows increased biomass growth. Finally, suspended dust particulate plays an important role in different aspects of the climate system such as radiation budget, cloud microphysics or atmospheric chemistry.

Scope

The event is targeted to operational meteorologists, air quality and public health managers, and early career scientists (advanced students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers) with interest on the Earth system sciences. They are expected to be proficient in English as a working language.

Participants will attend a series of lectures and practical exercises. Attendance of international experts on aerosol observation and modelling will ensure an advanced and stimulating learning environment for participants.

Venue and dates:

The event will be held at the  HOTEL LE LIDO THALASSO & SPA in Casablanca, Morocco, 17-20 November 2014, with a total duration of 21 hours.

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