Topic outline

  • Dust monitoring and forecasting: 2023 events

    Webinar with Anu-Maija Sundström, FMI, and Julia Wagemann, EUMETSAT

    2 May 2023, 12:00 UTC 

    Europe experiences regular Saharan dust transports across the Iberian peninsula, France, Spain that sometimes even reach central and northern Europe. In 2023, the first large-scale dust transport episode took place in mid-February. Taking this event as a case study, this short course will give you an overview of how you can use satellite and ground-based observation as well as model forecasts to monitor and forecast Saharan dust episodes. 

    The course consists of two parts: it will give you first a high-level introduction to the Saharan dust transport event in February 2023 and relevant data that can be used to monitor and forecast such events. This high-level introduction is followed by a practical data exploration part. This part gives you a hands-on introduction to satellite- ground- and model-based data for dust monitoring and forecasting. For each dataset featured, you will learn how to access, process, visualize and interpret it. 

    The course outline is as follows:

    Part 1: High-level introduction to the 2023 Saharan dust episode in mid-February together with an introduction to relevant satellite and ground-based observation as well as model forecasts (~ 40 min)

    Part 2: Practical hands-on data exploration part (~ 40 min)

    Q&A (~ 10 min)

    Note: course participants will be able to follow the practical data discovery part live via a dedicated training platform.

  • How to participate

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  • Recording and resources

    Recording of the webinar:

    Intro presentation, Julia Wagemann, EUMETSAT
    Satellite monitoring of dust, Anu-Maija Sundström, FMI
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