New dust forecast available from 1 January 2012:
Dust forecast is done using Dust Regional Atmospheric Model with 8 categories for dust particle sizes (DREAM8) embedded in NCEP Nonhydrostatic Mesoscale Model on E-grid (NCEP/NMME). Initial and boundary conditions are from ECMWF global forecast. Model resolution is 1/5 degree. Currently is available the version of DREAM8 forecast that is assimilating ECMWF dust analysis in dust initial field (DREAM8assim), with dust sources defined from Ginoux et al. (2001). Model runs are done with one day of delay, because of availability of dust analysis fields. Forecast is available at 17UTC each day. Forecast is part of the SDS-WAS mission and is also available here.