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Workshop on Meteorology, Sand and Dust Storm (SDS), Combating Desertification and Erosion

The workshop was held in Istanbul, Turkey, 28-31 October 2013.

It was jointly organized by three Turkish institutions: the General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion, the Turkish State Meteorological Service and the General Directorate of Forestry.

The event was attended by technicians from Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe. In particular, experts on meteorology from Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey U. A. E. and Yemen worked together with experts in forestry, desertification and erosion.

One of the sessions was exclussively devoted to the problem of sand and dust storms. In that session, Enric Terradellas, technical coordinator of the Regional Center for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe of the WMO SDS-WAS presented the current status of the project and was in charge of the session evaluation and closure. Slobodan Nickovic, member of the SDS-WAS Regional Steering Group, delivered a lecture on sand and dust storm forecasts and assessment. Murat Turkes, Emin Ozsoy, Cihan Dundar, Kahraman Oguz, Mustafa Coskun and Mustafa Yurtseven were the other speakers, delivering presentations on the different aspects of the dust science.

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