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Barcelona will host the first WMO Regional Meteorological Center specialized on Atmospheric Sand and Dust Forecast

by Enric Terradellas last modified Mar 25, 2014 12:02 PM
The Center will be managed by a consortium of the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has chosen Spain's bid to host the first Regional Meteorological Center specialized on Atmospheric Sand and Dust Forecast and has appointed the consortium formed by the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) to house the center and release operational forecasts of atmospheric mineral dust for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe.

OMMCjoEjecutivo.jpgAEMET and BSC-CNS play complementary roles. The first deployed and maintains an extensive network of observation, both in Spain and in Northern Africa, where it has installed equipment in collaboration with the National Meteorological Services of Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia and conducts studies to characterize dust storms. On the other hand, the high computational capacity of the BSC-CNS allowed development of complex numerical models that simulate the dust cycle in the atmosphere and facilitate the preparation of daily predictions. The new center, based in Barcelona, will run the NMMB/BSC-Dust model and provide operational forecasts for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe.

Since 2010, AEMET and the BSC-CNS host the Regional Center for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe of the WMO SDS-WAS programme.

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