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EUMETCast dissemination of dust forecasts

Following the efforts to make our predictions reach all potential users and, in particular, the national meteorological and hydrological services, we started the process for transmission through the EUMETCast service.

EUMETCast is a multi-service dissemination system based on standard Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) technology. It uses commercial telecommunication geostationary satellites to multi-cast files (data and products) to a wide user community. EUMETCast also delivers a range of third-party products.

EUMETCast service is managed by EUMETSAT, the European agency for exploitation of meteorological satellites. It is the European contribution to GEONETCast.

A trial dissemination of dust forecast products from the Barcelona Dust Forecast Center will start on 15 October 2015.

The products, covering Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe, are as follows:

- Dust Optical Depth:
Forecast of dust optical depth at 550 nm for lead times between 12 and 72 hours every 6 hours.
Example filename: 2015062412-3H_SDSWAS_NMMB-BSC-v2_OPER-OD550_DUST-12.gif

- Dust Surface Concentration:
Forecast of dust surface concentration for lead times between 12 and 72 hours every 6 hours.
Example filename: 2015062412-3H_SDSWAS_NMMB-BSC-v2_OPER-SCONC_DUST-12.gif

- Dust Load:
Forecast of columnar dust load for lead times between 12 and 72 hours every 6 hours.
Example filename: 2015062412-3H_SDSWAS_NMMB-BSC-v2_OPER-DUST_LOAD-12.gif

- Dust Dry Deposition:
Forecast of dust dry deposition for lead times between 12 and 72 hours every 6 hours.
Example filename: 2015062412-3H_SDSWAS_NMMB-BSC-v2_OPER-DUST_DEPD-12.gif

- Dust Wet Deposition:
Forecast of dust wet deposition for lead times between 12 and 72 hours every 6 hours.
Example filename: 2015062412-3H_SDSWAS_NMMB-BSC-v2_OPER-DUST_DEPW-12.gif

- Dust Surface Extinction:
Forecast of dust surface extinction at 550 nm for lead times between 12 and 72 hours every 6 hours.
Example filename: 2015062412-3H_SDSWAS_NMMB-BSC-v2_OPER-DUST_EXT_SFC-12.gif

The products will be distributed on EUMETCast Europe and Africa:

Channel: EUMETSAT Data Channel 12        
PID: 301 (Europe and Africa)
Multicast Address: 224.223.222.35

Access to these products will be automatically provided for Member/Cooperating State NMS and registered manufacturers. Following a successful trial, it is planned to make them available to the wider EUMETCast User community.

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