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COST Action CA16202

by Enric Terradellas last modified Nov 29, 2017 06:01 PM


costlogo.jpgSand and Dust Storms (SDS) are extreme meteorological phenomena that generate significant amounts of airborne mineral dust particles. SDS play a significant role in different aspects of weather, climate and atmospheric chemistry and represent a serious hazard for life, health, property, environment and economy. Understanding, managing and mitigating SDS risks and effects requires fundamental and cross-disciplinary knowledge.

Over the last few years, numerical prediction and observational products from ground- and satellite platforms have become prominent at several research and operational weather centres due to growing interest from diverse stakeholders, such as solar energy plant managers, health professionals, aviation and policy makers. Current attempts to transfer tailored products to end-users are not coordinated, and the same technological and social obstacles are tackled individually by all different groups, a process that makes the use of data slow and expensive.

The overall objective of the proposed Action is to establish a network involving research institutions, service providers and potential end users of information on airborne dust. Because, airborne dust transport has multi- and trans-disciplinary effects at local, regional and global scales; the present Action involves a multidisciplinary group of international experts on aerosol measurements, regional aerosol modelling, stakeholders and social scientists. The Action will search to coordinate and harmonise the process of transferring dust observation and prediction data to users as well as to assist the diverse socio-economic sectors affected by the presence of high concentrations of airborne mineral dust.


27 countries have signed the Action's MoU: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, fYR Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom (updated on 15 Nov 2017).

Also, four institutions from Near-Neighbour Countries (Faculty of Science, University of Jordan - Jordan, Ministry of Health - Morocco; The Egyptian Meteorological Authority - Egypt and Cairo University - Egypt) and one international organization (World Meteorological Organization) are part of the Action.

sara.jpgManagement Committee

Chair: Sara Basart (Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain) -
Vice-chair: Slobodan Nickovic (Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia) -

Memorandum of Understanding

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