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Science and education communities cooperate in dust observation

by Enric Terradellas last modified Apr 16, 2018 11:03 AM

The Ministry of Education and Universities of the Canary Islands Government and the AEMET’s Izana Atmospheric Research Center (IARC) initiate a joint project to raise awareness of the problem of airborne dust and its impacts on health and the environment throughout the educational community.

The secondary schools that have joined the project will routinely measure the content of airborne particles using low-cost radiometers. In order to know the details of the project and to be trained in the use of this technology, a group of teachers from the eight Canary islands participated last week in a Workshop on the use of low-cost sun-photometers that was carried out at the Izaña observatory.

The IARC is widely recognized as a pioneer in the study of African dust and its impact on the environment. The privileged location of its observatory in the free troposphere of the subtropical Atlantic off the coast of Africa allows continuous monitoring of the dust properties. For this purpose, aerosol particle size, chemical composition and optical properties are continuously monitored in the framework of the Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) programme of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

These activities are partially supported by the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, InDust COST Action and WMO Sand and Dust Storm – Warning Advisory and Assessment System (SDS-WAS).

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