Training Workshop on Sand and Dust Storms in the Arab Region


The League of Arab States, World Meteorological Organization, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and UN Environment organized the Regional Training Workshop on Sand and Dust Storms in the Arab Region in Cairo, Egypt from 10 to 12 February 2018. The workshop was hosted by the Egyptian Meteorological Authority and was conducted in collaboration with the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the State Meteorological Agency of Spain (AEMET) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). It was attended by more than thirty professionals and technicians from 17 countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • Enhance the technical capacities of operational and research meteorologists from Arab States on the analysis, prediction and projection of sand and dust storms, including the use of ground and satellite observations of dust, dust storm modeling and prediction, dust classification, data assimilation in dust models, etc.
  • Enhance the understanding of the multi-dimensional impacts of sand and dust storms and their impacts on socio-economic sectors and ecosystems.
  • Discuss opportunities for furthering collective regional work on sand and dust storms at the regional level in view of supporting the coordination of joint activities. 


    10 February 2018

    Cairo, Egypt

    Organized by


    Event type

    Training School


    Whole day




    3 days




    Barcelona Dust Regional Center

    Barcelona Dust Regional Center