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COST Lecture 2019 AE GM Barcelona: International Network to Encourage the Use of Monitoring and Forecasting Dust Products (InDust)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 June 2020

Anca Nemuc
National Institute of Research and Development for Optoelectronics, INOE, 409 Atomistilor Street, Magurele, Ilfov, Romania. Email:
Sara Basart
Barcelona Supercomputing Center, BSC, Barcelona, Spain
Aurelio Tobias
Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain
Slobodan Nickovic
World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland & Institute of Physics, Belgrade, Serbia
Francesca Barnaba
National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Atmospheric Science and Climate (ISAC), Rome, Italy
Stelios Kazadzis
Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos, World Radiation Center, Davos, Switzerland
Lucia Mona
National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis (IMAA), C. da S. Loja, Tito Scalo (PZ), Italy
Vassilis Amiridis
IAASARS, National Observatory of Athens, Athens
Ana Vukovic
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade, Serbia & South East European Virtual Climate Change Center, RHMSS, Belgrade, Serbia
Isadora J. Christel
Barcelona Supercomputing Center, BSC, Barcelona, Spain
Pavla Dagsson Waldhauserová
The Agricultural University of Iceland, Iceland and Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
Alexandra Monteiro
University of Aveiro, Portugal


Amongst the most significant extreme meteorological phenomena are the Sand and Dust Storms (SDS). Owing to significant amounts of airborne mineral dust particles generated during these events, SDS have impacts on climate, the environment, human health, and many socio-economic sectors (e.g. aviation, solar energy management). Many studies and reports have underlined that the society has to understand, manage and mitigate the risks and effects of SDS on life, health, property, the environment and the economy in a more unified way. The EU-funded European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action ‘InDust: International network to encourage the use of monitoring and forecasting Dust products’ has an overall objective to establish a network involving research institutions, service providers and potential end users on airborne dust information. We are a multidisciplinary group of international experts on aerosol measurements, aerosol modelling, stakeholders and social scientists working together, exchanging ideas to better coordinate and harmonize the process of transferring dust observation and prediction data to users, as well as to assist the diverse socio-economic sectors affected by the presence of high concentrations of airborne mineral dust. This article highlights the importance of being actively engaged in research networking activities, supported by EU and COST actions since common efforts help not only each scientist by shaping their expertise and strengthening their position, but also all communities.

AE 2019 Annual Conference Lectures
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