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New WMO-GAW report: Desert Dust Outbreak in the Canary Islands (February 2020): Assessment and Impacts

by Ernest Werner last modified Feb 22, 2021 02:28

Joint publication of State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

WMO GAW Report No. 259 WWRP 2021-1

"Due to the extensive experience available in the Canary Islands and specifically in the Izaña Observatory, in undertaking studies on Sahara mineral dust, it was considered appropriate to Desert Dust Outbreak in the Canary Islands: 22-24 February 2020 15 carry out a comprehensive multidisciplinary study of the 22–24 February 2020 dust outbreak that severely affected the archipelago. The 22–24 February 2020 dust outbreak, the most intense since there are records in the Canary Islands, is the ideal candidate for this type of study. The increase in the frequency and intensity of adverse meteorological phenomena as a consequence of climate change and global warming requires atmospheric researchers to work together with specialists from other disciplines to be able to assess the impact that adverse meteorological events, such as dust outbreaks, can have on numerous socio-economic activities, and to estimate if possible, their economic cost."

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