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7th Training Course on WMO SDS-WAS products

Satellite and ground observation and modelling of atmospheric dust
When Nov 10, 2018 09:00 to Nov 14, 2018 06:00 (GMT / UTC0)
Where Ahvaz, Iran
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I. R. of Iran Meteorological Organization (IRIMO)


is pleased to announce the 7th Training Course on WMO SDS-WAS Products (Satellite and ground observation and modelling of atmospheric dust) that will be held in Ahvaz, Iran, on 10-14 November 2018, with contribution from World Meteorological Organization (WMO), European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), Atmospheric Science & Meteorological Research Center (ASMERC), State Meteorological Agency of Spain (AEMET), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).



When strong or very turbulent winds blow over dry, unvegetated soils, loose particles are lifted from the Earth’s surface into the atmosphere, where the finer fraction may be transported over long distances, even across continents. For countries in and downwind of arid regions, this airborne dust poses a major challenge to sustainable development. Impacts on health mainly include respiratory, cardio-vascular problems and infectious diseases. On the other hand, especially once deposited back to the Earth’s surface, dust has positive environmental impacts, since it provides nutrients to terrestrial and oceanic ecosystems, boosting primary productivity. Socio-economic impacts may include negative effects on ground transport, aviation, agriculture and generation of solar energy. Finally, dust particles are considered by atmospheric researchers to have important effects on weather and climate through feedback on the atmospheric radiative budget, clouds and precipitation formation.

The scientific community is aware that a significant part of the dust emission is the consequence of human-induced factors, such as poor agricultural practices or land and water mismanagement. Therefore, reducing the harmful impacts of airborne dust is a multi-disciplinary issue that will require making progress on very diverse fields. In 2007, the World Meteorological Organization endorsed the launching of the Sand and Dust Storm - Warning Advisory and Assessment System (SDS-WAS) with the mission to enhance the ability of countries to deliver timely and quality sand and dust storm forecasts, observations, information and knowledge to users through an international partnership of research and operational communities. Some European initiatives as InDust and DustClim are aligned with the SDS-WAS objectives searching to build a network with potential users and favouring the transfer of knowledge and technology to affected communities.


The main objective of this training course is to build capacity of participants to use products of observation, analysis and forecast of atmospheric mineral dust.

The event is targeted to operational and research meteorologists as well as early career scientists (advanced students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers) with interest on the Earth system sciences. It may also be of interest to policy-makers, decision-makers and technicians from air quality, aviation and solar energy sectors. Participants are expected to be proficient in English as a working language.


A draft agenda will be available in the coming weeks. It will include lectures and practical sessions on the following topics:

  • The dust cycle
  • Impacts of airborne dust
  • The dust impact on health
  • In-situ observation of airborne dust
  • Ground-based remote sensing of airborne dust
  • Satllite observation of dust
  • Dust modelling and forecast
  • Data assimilation in dust prediction models
  • Early warning systems for dust
  • SDS-WAS products

Contact person

Dr. Saviz Sehatkashani

Application form for non-Iranian participants


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