The DREAM service simulates and predicts the atmospheric cycle of mineral dust aerosols. It is tuned for usage on high-performance computing infrastructures available today. A typical use-case is the production of a dataset with the aerosol optical thickness and surface dust concentration for a particular period and for a particular geographical region. The service supports different horizontal and vertical resolutions.
The results produced by the DREAM service have been applied, using the human health impact function and calculated global fine particulate matter concentrations, for estimation of the premature mortality caused by the long-term exposure to airborne desert dust. The results have high sensitivity on the threshold concentration, which is a significant parameter of relevance to public health.