Research project

InDust - International Network to Encourage the Use of Monitoring and Forecasting Dust Products COST Action (CA16202)

Funding institution:
European Cooperation in Science & Technology
Realization period:
Nov. 14, 2017 - Nov. 13, 2021
dr hab. Iwona S. Stachlewska Mamber in Management Committee
dr Dominika Szczepanik Participant

The overall objective of inDust (https://cost-indust.eu) is to establish a network involving research institutions, service providers and potential end users of information on airborne dust that can assist the diverse socio-economic sectors affected by the presence of high concentrations of airborne mineral dust.

To achieve this main objective, the following specific objectives shall be accomplished:

  • Establish a network involving research institutions, service providers, and end users of information on airborne dust.
  • Identify and exploit dust monitoring observations (from both ground-based and satellite platforms) best suited to be transferred/tailored to the needs of end-users.
  • Identify and exploit dust forecast products best suited to be transferred/tailored to the needs of end-users.
  • Coordinate the current R&D activities and enhance the availability of appropriate products to assist the diverse socio-economic sectors affected by the presence of airborne mineral dust. 
  • Build capacity through the high-level teaching of end-users (stakeholders from different socio-economic sectors) to promote the use of the delivered dust products.
  • Train technical staff to properly use the available observational and forecast products to design and implement preparedness and mitigation measures.
  • Enhance the cooperation with institutions from near-neighbouring and international partner countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East to involve them in the European-driven climate change science and mitigation/adaptation strategies.