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Improving global dust prediction and monitoring through data assimilation of satellite-based dust aerosol optical depth

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Organization address
city: ATHINA
postcode: 11810

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 Coordinator Country Greece [EL]
 Project website
 Total cost 164˙653 €
 EC max contribution 164˙653 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-05-01   to  2019-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS EL (ATHINA) coordinator 164˙653.00


 Project objective

DUST-GLASS aims at improving global dust prediction and monitoring by optimizing an advanced data assimilation system (LETKF scheme) coupled with a sophisticated atmospheric-dust model (NMMB/BSC-Dust). For the accomplishment of these core scientific goals, a fine resolution (0.1o x 0.1o) global dust optical depth (DOD) database, suitable for data assimilation, will be developed via a synergy of state-of-the-art Level 2 satellite retrievals acquired by MODIS, MISR and OMI sensors (2007-2016). The impacts of assimilating this novel dataset (DOD) on model’s predictive skills, both at global and regional scale, will be assessed objectively. Global forecasts (5 days) will be carried out for different periods aiming at studying dust aerosols’ mobilization and transport from the major dust sources of the planet, while a global reanalysis (0.5o x 0.7o) dataset will be generated for long-term dust monitoring. In addition, regional short-term (84 hours) forecasts will be conducted for 20 Mediterranean dust outbreaks identified by a satellite algorithm in the framework of the MDRAF project (fellow’s previous MC-IEF). In the evaluation analysis, the model’s dust outputs will be compared versus measurements derived by ground networks (AERONET, MAN, ACTRIS) as well as against columnar/vertical satellite retrievals (MODIS, MISR, CALIOP). Moreover, temperature and radiation will be also considered since “corrections” on dust fields, thanks to data assimilation, are expected to be evident on both parameters due to dust-radiation interactions. The aforementioned variables will be compared against observations obtained by ground networks (ISB, RAOB, BSRN) and reanalysis/analysis products (ERA-Interim, FNL). Considering the multifaceted role of dust, the scientific outcomes of DUST-GLASS are expected to contribute effectively to interdisciplinary studies regarding dust aerosols as well as their associated impacts on health, anthropogenic activities, environment, weather and climate.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Stavros Solomos, Nikos Kalivitis, Nikos Mihalopoulos, Vassilis Amiridis, Giorgos Kouvarakis, Antonis Gkikas, Ioannis Binietoglou, Alexandra Tsekeri, Stelios Kazadzis, Michael Kottas, Yaswant Pradhan, Emmanouil Proestakis, Panagiotis Nastos, Franco Marenco
From Tropospheric Folding to Khamsin and Foehn Winds: How Atmospheric Dynamics Advanced a Record-Breaking Dust Episode in Crete
published pages: 240, ISSN: 2073-4433, DOI: 10.3390/atmos9070240
Atmosphere 9/7 2019-09-17
2018 Wenzhao Li, Hesham El-Askary, Mohamed Qurban, Emmanouil Proestakis, Michael Garay, Olga Kalashnikova, Vassilis Amiridis, Antonis Gkikas, Eleni Marinou, Thomas Piechota, K. Manikandan
An Assessment of Atmospheric and Meteorological Factors Regulating Red Sea Phytoplankton Growth
published pages: 673, ISSN: 2072-4292, DOI: 10.3390/rs10050673
Remote Sensing 10/5 2019-09-17
2018 Panagiotis Kosmopoulos, Stelios Kazadzis, Hesham El-Askary, Michael Taylor, Antonis Gkikas, Emmanouil Proestakis, Charalampos Kontoes, Mohamed El-Khayat
Earth-Observation-Based Estimation and Forecasting of Particulate Matter Impact on Solar Energy in Egypt
published pages: 1870, ISSN: 2072-4292, DOI: 10.3390/rs10121870
Remote Sensing 10/12 2019-09-17

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