The International Network to Encourage the Use of Monitoring and Forecasting Dust Products (inDust) funded by the COST programme has as a main objective to promote the use of existing mineral dust information for assessing the sand and dust storm impacts on specific sectors, and to build the pillars for the development of user-oriented services.

Duration: November 2017 - October 2021

Our work in this project

Bringing knowledge to society - inDust is working on promoting sand and dust storm (SDS) knowledge, enhancing dissemination, technology transfer and capacity building. Our dissemination and communication team ensures that the project research reaches a wider audience by organising regular webinars and events, participating in related conferences, and producing specific materials (e.g. educational videos and leaflets) related to the potential impacts of SDS.

Addressing the user needs - We identify dust (monitoring and forecasting) products that are best suited and tailored to the user’s needs. Such users include air operation managers, aircraft manufacturers, air quality managers, solar power plant operators, solar panel manufacturers, epidemiologists, researchers, public administration professionals, and policymakers. The objective is to engage with all the interested parties and receive end-user feedback and interaction of the sectors affected by SDS.

Why is this work relevant?

Sand and dust storms play a significant role in different aspects of weather, climate and atmospheric chemistry and represent a severe hazard to health, infrastructure, the environment and the economy. Establishing a network that involves research institutions, service providers and potential end users of the information on airborne dust is key to understanding, managing and mitigating the associated risks, as well as to assisting the diverse socio-economic sectors affected by the presence of high concentrations of airborne mineral dust in the development of mitigation plans and policies.



Webinars on the potential impacts of sand and dust storms, promoting interaction with end-users


Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

Mobility of researchers and scholars for visiting institutions within the network fosters collaborations and favours emerging new research topics


Educational Resources

Resources (e.g. videos, leaflets) promoting sand and dust storm knowledge, and enhancing dissemination, technology transfer and capacity building