The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has taken the lead with international partners to develop and implement a Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System (SDS-WAS). A WMO Sand and Dust Storm Project coordinated jointly with the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) was approved by the steering body of the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) in 2005. In 2006, the steering committee of the Sand and Dust Storm Project proposed the development and implementation of a Sand and Dust Storm Warning, Advisory and Assessment System (SDS-WAS).
In May 2007, the 14th WMO Congress endorsed the launching of the SDS-WAS. It also welcomed the strong support of Spain to host a regional centre for the European/African/Middle East node of SDS-WAS and to play a lead role in implementation. From 7 to 9 November 2007, Spain hosted the WMO/GEO Expert Meeting on SDS-WAS at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre. This consultation meeting brought one hundred international experts together from research, observations, forecasting and user countries especially in Africa and the Middle East to discuss the way forward in SDS-WAS implementation. The major components of the SDS-WAS system: research, prediction, observations and service delivery. It is a truly cross-cutting activity within WMO programmes as well as involving a substantive partnership outside the National Hydrological and Meteorological Services, particularly in research.
The SDS WAS Regional Center for Northern Africa, Europe and Middle East is hosted by Spain through the Meteorological State Agency of Spain (AEMET) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. The IARC plays a role as active participant in the observational capacity group of the Regional Center.
For details of the WMO/GEO Expert Meeting on an International Sand and Dust Storm Warning System, was held in Barcelona on November 2007, click here.
You can download the papers presented at the WMO/GEO Expert Meeting on an International Sand and Dust Storm Warning System, at the IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science.
Information about the Implementation Plan and the Steering Committee members can be found at the WMO Sand and Dust Storm Advisory and Assessment System web page.
Participants of the WMO/GEO Expert Meeting on an International Sand and Dust Storm Warning System, was held in Barcelona on November 2007.