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International Network to Encourage the Use of Monitoring and Forecasting Dust Products

Sand 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.

Striving for better understanding of global atmospheric dust

The benefit of promoting networking within the research field of dust monitoring and forecasting has been recognised by COST, who in June 2017 awarded networking funding to InDUST , an Action that aims to encourage the use of monitoring and forecasting of dust products

The main objective of InDUST is coordinating and harmonising the process of transferring dust observation and prediction data to users, as well as assisting stakeholders from diverse socio-economic sectors who are affected by the presence of high concentrations of airborne mineral dust. This dust can represent a serious hazard for life, health, property, environment and economy.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) have been already signed by:

  • 28 COST Countries
  • 4 Near-Neighbour Country Institutions (NNCs) from Egypt, Jordan and Morocco
  • 1 Specific Organisations (i.e. WMO).

Moreover, InDust also accounts with the participation of a number of researchers of 9 International Partner Countries (IPCs) from Africa, America and Asia.

The International Network to Encourage the Use of Monitoring and Forecasting Dust Products (InDust) is the COST Action CA16202. The overall objective of InDust is to establish a network involving research institutions, service providers and potential end users of information on airborne dust.