Special Webinar for the International Day of Combating Sand and Dust Storms


The United Nations general assembly proclaimed 12th July as the International Day of Combating Sand and Dust Storms (SDS). To celebrate its second occurrence since its proclamation we have invited a panel of experts to discuss on a number of recent hot topics in SDS research and monitoring. Please find below the agenda and the speakers of the webinar (subject to small changes):


  • Welcome and introduction to the webinar - Emanuele Emili (BSC)
  • Presentation of the WMO Airborne Dust Bulletin - WMO SDS-WAS representative
  • Further improvements of the SDS-WAS in the Barcelona Regional Center – Ernest Werner (AEMET)

Impact on marine ecosystems

  • Investigating dust impact on chlorophyll-a concentration variation over the Persian Gulf, Oman Sea, and southern Caspian Sea – Saviz Sehat Kashani, Noushin Khoddam, Mehdi Rahnama (RIMAS)
  • Influence of dust on migrations and fisheries of the Atlantic skipjack tuna – Sergio Rodríguez (CSIC)

Extreme events and impacts on society

  • High latitude dust community, new achievements and actions – Pavla Dagsson-Waldhauserová (Agricultural University of Iceland)
  • Rising risks of local dust storms in the region of Pannonian valley – Ana Vuković Vimić (University of Belgrade)
  • SDS activity during the past year in the region and development of knowledge on the extremes and large-scale intrusions to Europe - David Suárez-Molina (AEMET) and David Barriopedro Cepero (CSIC-Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Increasing number of witnesses of dusty weather searching for explanation : problem of misleading social media content - Lucia Mona (CNR-IMAA, Italian Research Council)
  • Q&A and closing discussion - All SDS-WAS members

To assist to the webinar please follow this link at the time of the evenement: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5304205608

12 July 2024


Event type



13:00 - 14:00 UTC




1 h



Barcelona Dust Regional Center