WG2 is working on the identification of the most suitable model products (forecasts, hindcasts, reanalysis) for the user’s communities. It will also deal with the most appropriate way to communicate the models’ modelled data accuracy. The WG2 will also propose formats and protocols for data harmonisation and NRT exchange.

  • Task 2.1. Consolidate state-of-the-art information and identify existing gaps in dust modelling and priorities for the development of next-generation dust models for regional and climatic applications.

  • Task 2.2. Identify and catalogue dust forecast products, and assess their suitability for different users.

  • Task 2.3. Define protocols for model evaluation to assess their suitability for different users.

  • Task 2.4. Define protocols and formats for NRT data exchange. This task will be in coordination with WG1.

  • Task 2.5. Produce recommendations to document and communicate the quality and maturity level of existing and future products.

  • Task 2.6. Interact with experimentalists (WG1) on the specific needs of the modelling community and on preparing joint exercises for models evaluation and intercomparison and for showcasing the potential of data assimilation and evaluation in dust forecast.

All the achievements and outcomes resulting from this WG2 on modelling are also transferred to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Sand and Dust Storms Warning Advisory and Assessment System (SDS-WAS) Regional Center for Northern Africa, the Middle East and Europe to enhance their visibility and facilitate their access.