Enric Terradellas and Sara Basart
The Barcelona Dust Forecast Center (BDFC, http://dust.aemet.es) was created in February 2014 by the State Meteorological Agency of Spain (AEMET) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) to fulfil the commitment acquired with World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to host the first Regional Specialized Meteorological Center with activity specialization on Atmospheric Sand and Dust Forecast (RSMC-ASDF). The Center operationally generates and distributes predictions for Northern Africa (north of equator), Middle East and Europe.
As described in its Activity Report 2014 (Terradellas et al., 2015a) available at http://dust.aemet.es/about-us/report-2014, the BDFC daily prepares regional forecast fields using the NMMB/BSC-Dust model (Pérez et al., 2011; Haustein et al., 2012) over a domain covering Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe (25ºW-65ºE, 0º-65ºN). BDFC predictions include dust load, dust surface concentration, dust optical depth at 550 nm, dust surface extinction at 550 nm and 3-hour accumulated dry and wet deposition from the starting time (12 UTC) up to a lead time of 72 hours.
Monthly averages of dust surface concentration and dust load are computed for long-term monitoring.