Since today an experimental service for the near-real time (NRT) dust alert is active for ICO-OV. The service, currently under advanced test phase, provides a near-real time detection of Saharan Dust Events (SDE) from North Africa as deduced by ICO-OV observations at Monte Cimone.
SDE is detected when the in-situ aerosol number coarse (i.e. Dp > 1um) concentration exceeds 0.5 cm-3 for three consecutive hours and air-masses from Northern Africa are forecast by the HYSPLIT model, provided by NOAA-ARL.
To take part in the test phase and to sign up for the service, write an e-mail to CIMONE-Dust-Alertisac [dot] cnr [dot] it providing in the mail body the following information: Name, Surname, Institution, purpose of subscription. Your feedback is very welcome!!!
NRT ICO-OV aerosol observations are available at: http://www.isac.cnr.it/cimone/realtime
HYSPLIT air-mass back-trajectory forecast for Mt. Cimone are available at: http://www.isac.cnr.it/cimone/hysplit
Information on experimental set-up: http://www.isac.cnr.it/cimone/aerosol_size_distr_300
Subscription: CIMONE-Dust-Alertisac [dot] cnr [dot] it
Contact email: p [dot] cristofanelliisac [dot] cnr [dot] it
Technical support: m [dot] busettoisac [dot] cnr [dot] it