Joint Training School and Workshop on Dust Aerosol Detection and Monitoring


Training Course


Online, Germany


– Organiser: EUMETSAT
– Language: English
– Virtual or in-person: Hybrid

This school is jointly organized by EUMETSAT, the WMO SDS-WAS Regional Center (which is managed by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, BSC, and the Spanish Meteorological State Agency, AEMET) and ACTRIS with the support of the Copernicus programme.

Learning objectives

The training aims to enable participants to be aware of satellite-based, ground-based and model-based products. Participants will also learn more about the applicability and fitness-for-purpose of the respective products. 

Target audience

The training school aims to build capacity and improve skills in aerosol detection and monitoring for users from research and academia, and meteorological and transnational agencies, with a regional focus on Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Sahelian Africa. However, attendance is open to all countries.


  • Basic knowledge of atmospheric sciences.
  • Basic knowledge of programming would be advantageous. 
  • Basic understanding of the structure and formats of geospatial data / Earth Observation data.

Before the school, we will send participants preparatory material on Python and how to access data. We will have an optional clinic session to go over their questions.
During the school, we will have lectures from scientific experts and hands-on problem-based practicals.
All activities will be in English.

How to apply: please fill in the application form on this platform under Apply for Courses.

Application deadline: 11 January 2023 by 12:00 CET.

  • Lecturers and speakers
    • Melanie Ades and Angela Benedetti, ECMWF CAMS
    • Sara Basart, WMO/WMO SDS-WAS
    • Federico Fierli, EUMETSAT
    • Lucia Mona, CNR-IMAA
    • Xavier Querol and Andrés Alastuey, CSIC-IDAEA
    • Anu-Maija Sundström, Finnish Meteorological Institute
    • Sabrina Szeto, EUMETSAT
    • Sophie Vandenbussche, Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
    • Julia Wagemann, EUMETSAT
    • Ernest Werner, AEMET