Barcelona Dust Forecast Center
In May 2013, in view of the demand of many national meteorological services and the good results obtained by the SDS-WAS, which proves the feasibility and the need to begin developing operational services beyond the scope of R&D, the Sixty-fifth Session of the WMO Executive Council (EC-65) designates the consortium formed by the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) to create in Barcelona the first Regional Specialized Meteorological Center with activity specialization on Atmospheric Sand and Dust Forecast (RSMC-ASDF): doc EC-65-d04-3(1). The Center shall operationally generate and distribute predictions for Northern Africa (north of equator), Middle East and Europe.
The Barcelona Dust Forecast Center has been created in February 2014 to be this RSMC-ASDF. It produces and distributes dust forecasts and complies with the mandatory functions listed in the mentioned document: doc EC-65-d04-3(1).
Theis publicly presented on 10 June 2014. Dust forecasts will enable setting plans to mitigate the severe effects caused by high levels of particulate matter to lives and property.
Message by Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretary-General.
Presenting the BDFC at meetings and conferences:
Terradellas, E. (2016): Sand and Dust Storms: From R&D to Operational Forecast Services, Regional Consultation on Climate Services in the Arab Region, 4-6 October 2016, Casablanca, Morocco.
Terradellas, E. (2016): Airborne Dust Monitoring and Forecasting at the WMO SDS-WAS Regional Center for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe, The First International conference on Dust, 2-4 March 2016, Ahvaz, Iran,
Terradellas, E. (2015): Sand and dust Storms: from R&D to Operational Forecast Services, UNCCD 12th Conference of Parties (side event: The Edge of Crisis: Sand and Dust Storm), 16 October 2015, Ankara, Turkey.
Baldasano, J.M., Basart, S., Jorba, O., Vendrell, L. and E. Terradellas (2015): Barcelona Dust Forecast Center, International Conference on Atmospheric Dust, 1-6 June 2014, Castellaneta Marina, Italy.
Basart, S., Terradellas, E., Cuevas, E., Jorba, O., Benincasa, F., and J. M. Baldasano (2015): The Barcelona Dust Forecast Center: The first WMO regional meteorological center specialized on atmospheric sand and dust forecast, European Geosciences Union, General Assembly 2014, 12 – 17 April 2015, Vienna, Austria.
Terradellas, E. (2015): Barcelona Dust Forecast Center: Operational services, (side event: Sand and dust Storm: Forecast services), 8 June 2015, Geneva, Switzerland.
Basart, S., Terradellas, E., Baldasano, J.M., Cuevas, E., Jorba, O. and F. Benincasa (2014): Barcelona Dust Forecast Center: the first WMO Regional Meteorological Center Specialized on Atmospheric Sand and Dust Forecast, 3rd Iberian Meeting on Aerosol Science and Technology, 29 June – 1 July 2015, Elche, Spain.
Terradellas, E. (2014): Dust monitoring and forecast for health applications, Regional Consultation on Air Quality and Health,10-11 Dec. 2014, Amman, Jordan .