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Dust Storms Assessment for the development of user-oriented Climate services in Northern Africa, the Middle East and Europe

Sand and dust storms (SDS) are an important threat to life, health, property, environment and economy in many countries, and play a significant role in different aspects of weather, climate and atmospheric chemistry. There is an increasing need for SDS accurate information and predictions to support early warning systems, and preparedness and mitigation plans. This is one of the main objectives of the WMO Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System (SDS-WAS) programme.

The "Dust Storms Assessment for the development of user-oriented Climate services in Northern Africa, the Middle East and Europe" (DustClim) will make a major step forward in the way SDS affects society by producing and delivering an advanced dust regional model reanalysis for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe covering the satellite era of quantitative aerosol information, and by developing dust-related services tailored to specific socio-economic sectors.

The novelties of the DustClim reanalysis include its unprecedented high-resolution, the assimilation of satellite products over dust source regions with specific dust observational constraints, and a thorough evaluation using a wide variety of observations and data from experimental campaigns. There is currently a very limited integration of dust information into practice and policy. In this context, DustClim will not only provide reliable information on SDS trends and current conditions but will also develop dust impact assessment pilot studies for three key economic sectors (air quality, aviation and solar energy). Since the beginning of the project, there will be a continuous exchange between the scientific teams and the main user communities. This collaboration is fundamental for better defining the dust parameters to be investigated and to design and optimise the future provision of dust services.



Our research activities are designed to make available scientifically sound information on the environmental, social, and economic risks and impacts of atmospheric dust. Understanding, managing and mitigating SDS risks and effects require fundamental and cross-disciplinary knowledge. The DustClim consortium is formed by a multidisciplinary group of international scientific experts on aerosol measurements (CNR-DTA/IMAA, CNRS-LISA), aerosol modelling (BSC, CNR-DTA/ISAC), and dust impacts and services (AEMET, FMI, CNR-DTA/ISAC).






The proposal is structured along five work-packages, including a work-package for Project Management (WP5). Besides the project management (WP5), the rest of WP activities span across the whole project creating synergies between them. WP1 (Review, compilation and treatment of dust observations) will tackle the dust observational part of the project by providing a comprehensive review of available dust observations that will support the development of dust observation catalogues for both data assimilation and model evaluation. WP2 (Generation of the high-resolution dust reanalysis) involves the model configuration, the data assimilation tuning phase and the generation of the reanalysis, as well as the reanalysis evaluation. WP3 (Development of dust-related products and services) will develop products for aviation, solar energy and air quality, along with visualisation capabilities. During the whole project duration, WP4 (User involvement and dissemination) will be devoted to stakeholder engagement and the promotion of products and services.


















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