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. To celebrate this event, we will host a special webinar with a round table of experts on sand and dust storms. We will briefly retrace the path from science towards impacts and services and look at the future of the discipline. Please find below the agenda and the speakers of the webinar (subject to small changes):


  • Welcome and introduction to the webinar - Emanuele Emili (BSC)
  • Dust impacts and the context of the international forum | inDust and the webinars - Sara Basart (WMO)
  • History and introduction of SDS-WAS - Slobodan Nickovic (Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia)

From Science to Services

  • Measurements – Vassilis Amiridis (NOA)
  • Modeling – Ana Vuković Vimić (University of Belgrade)
  • User experience – Lucia Mona (CNR-IMAA, Italian Research Council)
  • Health – Aurelio Tobias (IDAEA-CSIC, Spanish Council for Scientific Research)
  • Impacts on solar radiation – Stelios Kazadzis (PMOD/WRC)

Looking at future

  • New emerging topics - Carlos Perez Garcia Pando (BSC) and Pavla Dagsson-Waldhauserová (Agricultural University of Iceland)
  • Open questions from the audience - Santiago Gasso (University of Maryland) and Mark Parrington (ECMWF)
  • Closing - Ernest Werner (AEMET, Spanish Meteorological Agency)

12 July 2023

Event type



13:00 - 14:00 UTC




1 h



Barcelona Dust Regional Center