Second Central Asian DUst Conference (CADUC-2)

                                                    15 - 22 April 2024

           at the Karakalpak State University named after Berdakh (KSU)

   Ch. Abdirov St. 1, Nukus, Republic of Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, 230112

Dust - Chang

Dust in the atmosphere of Central Asia is a regional, continental, and intercontinental phenomenon and affects the people’s life and economies. Joint efforts are necessary to assess the dust related problems and to improve the people’s life.

The conference is a platform for scientific exchange about dust research between meteorology, physics, chemistry, biology and geography. It will provide basics and new findings for senior scientists, young scientists, administrative staff, and policy makers.

Conference Organization

Karakalpak State University Nukus, Uzbekistan

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig, Germany

Hydrometeorology Scientific Research Institute (NIGMI), Tashkent, Uzbekistan

in cooperation with Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany


The conference took place both in person and online.

Goals of the Conference

- Promote discussions between scientists who study dust in the atmosphere and at Earth's surface, especially in Central Asia

- Summarize textbook knowledge of atmospheric dust and new insights into dust, identify differences between Central Asian dust and Saharan dust and dust from other deserts, and derive conclusions

- Characterization of dust in the atmosphere and on the earth's surface at source areas, transport, deposition areas, and dust impacts on humans, plants, economies, etc.

- Description of possible vulnerabilities and actions: to avoid dust events, as well as precautions when dust events occur (warning systems of/for countries)

- Description of possible predictions and scenarios (diseases, plant growth, well-being, etc), if nothing is done against dust distribution

- Special rounds to discuss policy recommendations resulting from the scientific findings

Topics of the Conference

The following sessions are planned (changes are possible):

1 Atmospheric dust at source regions

2 Dust properties at transport

3 Atmospheric dust at sink regions

4 Aral Sea region as dust source and dust sink

5 Impacts of atmospheric dust

6 Dust early warning systems

7 Success stories in controlling sand and dust storm (SDS) hotspots

Scientific Committee of the Conference

Ralph Kahn (USA)

Ina Tegen (Germany)

Bakhriddin Nishonov (Uzbekistan)

Sara Basart (WMO, Swiss, Spain)

Maria Shagedanova (Great Britain)

Ali Al-Dousari (Kuwait)

Jamie Banks (Germany)

Alireza Rashki (Iran)

Asia Khamzina (Korea)

Rashid Kulmatov (Uzbekistan)

Gulomjon Umirzakov (Uzbekistan)

Kerstin Schepanski (Germany)

Sabur F. Abdullaev (Tajikistan)

Kenji Kai (Japan)

Hamid Reza M. Khalesifard (Iran)

Hamidreza Abbasi (Iran)

Konrad Kandler (Germany)

Zhongwei Huang (China)

Julian Hofer (Germany)

Nobuo Sugimoto (Japan)

Atsushi Shimizu (Japan)

Ali H. Omar (USA)

Guangyao Dai (China)

Dietrich Althausen (Germany)

Christian Opp (Germany)

Rustam N. Eshniyazov (Uzbekistan)

Kristina Toderich (Japan)

Jianping  Huang (China)

Nick Middleton (Great Britain)

Buho Hoshino (Japan)

Alima Karlibaevna Berdimuratova (Uzbekistan)

Jilili Abuwaili (China)