Dust Storms Assessments for the development of user-oriented Climate Services
DustClim produces and delivers an advanced dust regional model reanalysis covering the satellite era (since 2000) of quantitative aerosol information. It develops dust-related services tailored to specific socio-economic sectors.
There is currently a very limited integration of dust information into practice and policy.In this context, DustClim provides reliable information on sand and dust storms trends and current conditions, and develops dust impact assessment pilot studies for three key economic sectors: air quality, aviation and solar energy.
The DustClim reanalysis is of unprecedented high-resolution (10km x10km)and assimilates satellite products over dust source regions with specific dust observational constraints.
The accuracy of the DustClim’s products are evaluatedusing an exceptional wide variety of observations.
I am Dr Sara Basart (Earth Sciences Department, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, email@example.com). My main research background covers atmospheric composition and air quality modelling. I am the scientist in charge of the WMO SDS-WAS Regional Center for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe. ERA4CS is giving me the opportunity to contact climate services experts from other projects globally. It enables me to incorporate previous experiences in the design and visualisation of new user-oriented dust products and in the strategies to engage new user communities.
The DustClim consortium is formed by a multidisciplinary group of international scientific experts on aerosol measurements (CNR-DTA/IMAA, CNRS-LISA), aerosol modelling (BSC, CNR-DTA/ISAC), and dust impacts and services (AEMET, FMI, CNR-DTA/ISAC).
BSC, the Spanish National Supercomputing facility, is coordinating the overall project and will develop the dust reanalysis using the in-house NMMB-MONARCH model. AEMET, the Spanish Meteorological State Agency, is leading the user engagement and dissemination activities of the DustClim project. CNR-DTA, Italy, together with CNRS-LISA, France, will coordinate the dust observational work and the model evaluation. FMI, Finland, will lead and coordinate the generation of new socio-economic dust products.
End users of DustClim products are expected to be used by solar power plant operators (as DLR and EnBW), air traffic managers (EUROCONTROL), air quality stakeholders (INERIS, UNEP) and epidemiological experts (WHO).
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