Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System
SDS-WAS enhances the ability of countries to deliver timely, quality sand and dust storm forecasts, observations, information and knowledge to users through an international partnership of research and operational communities. It operates through the Global SDS-WAS Steering Committee and three regional nodes:
- WMO SDS-WAS Regional Centre for Northern Africa, Middle East and Europe, coordinated by a Regional Centre in Barcelona, Spain, hosted by the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC). An archive of forecasts is also available.
- WMO SDS-WAS Regional Centre for Asia, coordinated by a Regional Centre in Beijing, China, that is hosted by the China Meteorological Administration (CMA)
- WMO SDS-WAS Regional Centre for the Americas, recently established in the USA, with a possible regional centre hosted by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in Barbados, will focus on the health implications of airborne dust