The International Network to Encourage the Use of Monitoring and Forecasting Dust Products (inDust) is the COST Action CA16202. The overall objective of inDust is to establish a network involving research institutions, service providers and potential end users of information on airborne dust.
Because, airborne dust transport has multi- and trans-disciplinary effects at local, regional and global scales; inDust involves a multidisciplinary group of international experts on aerosol measurements, regional aerosol modelling, stakeholders and social scientists. inDust searches to coordinate and harmonize the process of transferring dust observation and prediction data to users as well as to assist the diverse socio-economic sectors affected by the presence of high concentrations of airborne mineral dust.
COST programme is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. COST funds pan-European, bottom-up networks of scientists and researchers across all science and technology fields. These networks, called 'COST Actions', promote international coordination of nationally-funded research with a duration of four years. The International Network to Encourage the Use of Monitoring and Forecasting Dust Products (inDust) is the COST Action CA16202. The COST Actions are active through a range of networking tools, such as workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs), and dissemination activities. COST does not fund research itself.