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Training Workshop on Sand and Dust Storms in the Arab Region. Presentations

League of Arab States, World Meteorological Organization, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and UN Environment organized the Regional Training Workshop on Sand and Dust Storms in the Arab Region in Cairo, Egypt from 10 to 12 February 2018. The workshop was hosted by the Egyptian Meteorological Authority and was conducted in collaboration with the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the State Meteorological Agency of Spain (AEMET) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). It was attended by more than thirty professionals and technicians from 17 countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • Enhance the technical capacities of operational and research meteorologists from Arab States on the analysis, prediction and projection of sand and dust storms, including the use of ground and satellite observations of dust, dust storm modeling and prediction, dust classification, data assimilation in dust models, etc.
  • Enhance the understanding of the multi-dimensional impacts of sand and dust storms and their impacts on socio-economic sectors and ecosystems.
  • Discuss opportunities for furthering collective regional work on sand and dust storms at the regional level in view of supporting the coordination of joint activities

AgendaPresentationsParticipant's list

See the list of presentations: 

Overview of WMO SDS-WAS - Alexander Baklanov (WMO)

Long term projection of climate extreme indices associated with sand and dust storms in the Arab Region -Tarek Sadek (ESCWA)

Analytical approaches to identify sources of sand and dust storms and their combat - Abdul Majeid Haddad (UN Environment)

Policy Advocacy Framework - Utchang Kang (UNCCD)

Influence of Land Surface Parameterization on Desert Dust Aerosols Emission within regional climate model - Ashraf S. Zakey (EMA)

The dust cycle in the atmosphere - Enric Terradellas (AEMET)

Ground observation of airborne dust - Sergio Rodríguez (AEMET)

Satellite observation of dust - José Prieto (EUMETSAT)

Dust prediction models - Sara Basart (BSC)

SDS-WAS Products - Enric Terradellas (AEMET)