Model's upgrade in the Barcelona Dust Forecast Center

14 October 2021

An upgraded version of the MONARCH model is running since 17 December 2020. MONARCH is the operational model of the Barcelona Dust Forecast Center (WMO RSMC-ASDF) and it is participating in the SDS-WAS NAMEE RC model intercomparison. The MONARCH model is developed by the Earth Sciences Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

The upgraded MONARCH version includes the following main features:

  • Dust emission scheme based on Ginoux et al. (2001)
  • New high-resolution mapping of dust sources based on high-resolution MODIS Deep Blue aerosol product

More detailed information about this upgrade and the performance evaluation can be found here.

Barcelona Dust Regional Center