14 UFA ASpot

Webinar on air quality monitoring in Africa

Online event, 20 April 2023 at 8:00 UTC

How satellites contribute to Africa Clean Air Program

14 UFA ASpot
14 UFA ASpot

This is an online event, co-organised by the African Union Commission and EUMETSAT, open to all, demonstrating how the space community is responding to the growing demand for global reliable data on air quality and composition. Such data enable decision-making aimed at protecting human health and the environment.

Last Updated

25 April 2023

Published on

23 March 2023

The aim of this webinar is to initiate a dialogue between European and African partners to see how EUMETSAT and Copernicus air quality monitoring products can contribute to the objectives laid out in the Africa Clean Air Programme.

The Webinar will discuss such topics as:

  • the scope of the African Clean Air Programme, and the gaps identified in term of air quality monitoring;
  • the data and products provided by EUMETSAT and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service;
  • the benefits of these product for Africa, through the feedback from African users;
  • the way to access data and related training materials;
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Dust storm in Africa

Webinar participants will also consider how to foster this Europe-Africa cooperation in this area in the coming years. 

A recent report from the African Union Commission, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, and the UN Environment Programme proposes a set of recommendations and identifies measures to reduce emissions causing air pollution and climate change, which would set the continent on a cleaner development pathway towards meeting the goals of the African Union Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want

The report notably recommends the establishment of a continent wide Africa Clean Air Program, which would, among other aspects, “help collect and share data, utilise existing data and information sources, and increase capacity and equipment for new data collection and management, with monitoring and evaluation, emissions and air quality modelling, and education and communication”

EUMETSAT has been providing observations from the Meteosat and Metop satellites since the end of the 1990s. The products provided by Meteosat and Metop can support the air quality monitoring capacities in developing countries, where reliable in-situ observatories are limited, and who are highly vulnerable to air quality and climate change. The atmospheric composition data provided by EUMETSAT’s satellites support air quality monitoring. In addition, the satellites observe phenomena affecting health and security, such as desert dust storms and wildfire emissions. The provision of data is set to continue for the next two decades thanks to next-generation missions such as Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and the EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG), as well as the Copernicus instruments Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 carried on them, which are dedicated to air quality in Europe and globally.

If you were not able to join the webinar or if you would like a recap, here is the recording


20 April 2023


Time (UTC)


Speaker, Institution


Thursday April 20th, 2023



African Union Commission (AUC), EUMETSAT, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS)


Session 1 : Air quality monitoring – framework and satellite applications programmes

Moderator (AUC)


Africa Clean Air Programme

-       Status
-       gaps and needs in term of air quality monitoring




Satellite based data and products for  air quality monitoring




Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Services








From research to policy

monitor and model air quality in Africa


Rebecca Garland, U. Pretoria, IGAC-ANGA WCRP, South Africa



9:35 – 9:50


Air Quality (AQ) Prediction and Forecasting Improvement for Africa (PREFIA)


Ranjeet Sokhi, WMO, University of Hertfordshire


9:50 – 10:00





End of session 1



Session 2 : Experience in Africa - and way forward

Moderator (EUMETSAT)

12:00 – 12:05

Welcome and introduction to the second session



12:05 – 12:20

Air quality networks and integration with satellite / CAMS  - local experience

Priscilla Adong, AirQo, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda


12:20 – 12:35

Forecasting and managing air quality - North Africa

Kenza Khomsi, Direction Generale Meteo, Morocco


12:35 - 12:50

Dust forecast system, adapted to the region of West Africa

Ernest Werner, AEMET, SDS-WAS


12:50 – 13:20

Main links to access data and training

Julia Wagemann, EUMETSAT


13:20– 13:30




13:30 – 13:50

Round table on way forward

AUC, EUMETSAT and all speakers


13:50 - 14:00

Closing remarks




Click here to download the questions and answers from the event.