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Report to WMO SDS-WAS steering group meeting Antalya, Turkey Humaid Albadi 25 November 2011 Remote Sensing and Studies Section Directorate General of Meteorology.

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1 Report to WMO SDS-WAS steering group meeting Antalya, Turkey Humaid Albadi 25 November 2011 Remote Sensing and Studies Section Directorate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation (DGMAN ) DGMAN focal point of Center of Excellence for Training in Satellite Meteorology -Muscat Po. Box: 2306 PC: 111 Muscat Oman Mobile: Fax: +968

2 DG of Met & Air Navigation Meteorology Technical Services & ObservingForecasting Public Services Aviation and Marine Information Systems and Processing Observing Stations Communications Numerical Weather Predictions Remote Sensing & Research CoE DG of Met & Air Navigation- Structure S.Q.University Media & Customers Services

3 Dec 2002

4 Terra 2003/346 12/12/03 06:25 UTC Meteosat First Genration, MODIS, AVHRR

5 EUMESAT Dust Product- from January 29, 2004 onward

6 Current Stations Before 2011 In Situ Measurements in Middle East

7 Main Dust sources Affecting Middle East Tigris and Euphrates rivers basin Sistan Basin & Baloushistan East of Alhejaz Mountains Southwest Alhajar Mountains

8 Regional NWP Models 3KM & 7 KM

9 Although Middle East is the second most dust emitter area in the world after Sahara and despite the effort from scientific community in the last decade over the Sahara desert, China and Australia, less attention has been raised in Middle East constraining the processes that operate in key source areas of dust production. Therefore it worthwhile to draw attention of the decision makers in met services and academic institutes to put efforts in this direction Less Scientific activities in the Region

10 Dust impacts, Answers needed ?  Affect the rain process ! Reduction or increment of rain amount ? Reduce the size of cloud droplets Opposite effects, Increase the possibility of creating severe storms by decreasing wind shear  How much is the change of Dust load affect NWP performance in North Indian Region?

11 Overgrazing Growing demand of water resources due jump in Populations Change of natural rivers routes -Helmand lake (Afghanistan & Iran ) -Euphrates and Tigris rivers ( Iraq,Syria & Turkey ) How much it is natural and what is the role of Human Activities in Widen the Dust Sources in the region

12 Human activities that enhances dust emission :- lowering water levels in the twin rivers Extensive use of ground water Drying marshes since 1990s. Shrinking of vegetated lands due water shortage Republic OF IRAQ MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

13 Taking in the account it will be easier to coordinate in a Smaller group and in order for the Middle East region to concentrate more on the issues related to their dust sources in the region it is wise idea to extend the Scope of current Center of Excellence –Muscat to be a Regional Training & Research Centre for SDS-WAS, acting as third node for WMO SDS WAS eventually WMO Dr. Leonard A. Barrie, Director WMO Research Department Dr.Slobodan Nickovic Atmospheric Research and Environment

14 Centre of excellence for training on meteorological Satellite Applications

15 CoE Muscat? Founded in 2006 as Joint effort between DGMAN, Sultan Qaboos university & EUMETSAT. EUMETSAT is the main sponsor of the Center

16 The current Missions Conduct training on Satellite meteorology and Remote sensing applications in General Create a network of research and training materials in satellite meteorology via Virtual Lab-Middle East and the Focus Group.

17 Countries benefits from the Center OmanYemen United EmiratesQatar BahrainSaudi Arabia IranIraq KuwaitSyria JordanLebanon Egypt

18 Courses The center do an annual two weeks course in Meteorological satellite applications.

19 Courses The center participated in many distant-learning events ( Dust week ) Expert lecturers: Thomas Lee (NRL,USA) Hérve Le Gléau (Meteo France) Humaid Albadi (Oman) Carlos Perez (NASA-GISS and IRI, USA) Nuno Moreira (Portugal) Jose Prieto, HansPeter Roesli and Jochen Kerkmann (EUM) In the Framework of the VLab activities 20 organisations world wide participated

20 Courses Since 2006 ESACs around 150 meteorologist and Hydrologist from Middle East region were trained on different applications of met satellite data- Dust was always a hot topic

21 Other Courses

22 What are is currently done to fulfill the needs to fully activate CoE In process of training 5 new scientists to work in Remote sensing & Studies section

23 What are is currently done to fulfill the needs to activate CoE Building a separate new building for meteorological training that will include CoE-Muscat with full facilities for face to face and distant training Courses- Target day Dec 2013

24 As a first step in the direction of to extending the Scope of the Center of Excellence –Muscat to be a Regional Training & Research Centre for SDS-WAS, acting as third node in WMO SDS WAS network, CoE- Musct invites the steering group to consider helding the next 3 rd Training course on WMO SDS-WAS in Muscat


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