WMO works with partners to support global efforts to control sand and dust storms

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A new international coalition has been launched to strengthen coordinated action on sand and dust storms, which have damaging impacts on human health, the environment and key economic sectors in more than 150 countries around the world.WMO is one of the partners in the UN-wide coalition. It was launched at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification conference in New Delhi.WMO implemented a Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System (SDS-WAS) in 2007. This enhances the ability of countries to deliver timely, quality sand and dust storm forecasts and information to users through an international partnership of research and operational communities.Sand and dust storms are common in arid and semi-arid regions. They are usually caused by thunderstorms – or strong pressure gradients associated with cyclones – which increase wind speed over a wide area. These strong winds lift large amounts of sand and dust from bare, dry soils into the atmosphere, and may transport them hundreds to thousands of kilometres away. The main sources are the arid regions of Northern Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia and China. Global estimates of dust emissions, mainly derived from simulation models, vary between one and three Gigatons per year.

Posted by World Meteorological Organization on Friday, 6 September 2019

A new international coalition has been launched to strengthen coordinated action on sand and dust storms, which have damaging impacts on human health, the environment and key economic sectors in more than 150 countries around the world. WMO is one of the partners in the UN-wide coalition. It was launched at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification conference in New Delhi.

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