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Development of GRASP radiative transfer code for the retrieval of aerosol microphysics vertical-profiles from space measurements and its impact in ACE mission

Objective

This project deals with reducing the uncertainties associated with the knowledge of aerosol microphysical vertical profiles worldwide through the use of new space-borne measurements. This objective links with the goal of the last IPCC 2013 to reduce uncertainties in aerosol direct effects, particularly in the knowing of absorption profiles. The approach we plan to develop is the development and applicability of the Generalized Retrieval of Atmosphere and Surface Properties (GRASP) for new space borne systems. GRASP has been already applied successfully to the POLDER/PARASOL system providing column-integrated aerosol microphysics and absorption. However, the new LIDAR space-borne sensors open new possibilities. To that end, we plan to study the details in constraints of the current techniques for the retrieval of aerosol microphysics from multi-wavelength lidar alone (known as the 3b+2a configuration), and will make evaluation studies versus in-situ instruments from large field campaigns such as DISCOVER-AQ and SEACR4S from NASA or SHADOW from the University of Lille. However, lidar measurements are difficult and usually presents low signal-to-noise ratio, particularly during daytime. We plan here to develop a joint inversion that uses combine measurements of lidar and polarimetric space-borne systems. Such approach is the core of the upcoming Aerosol-Clouds-Ecosystems (ACE) NASA mission. The development of this task will involve the use of synthetic database simulated using the NASA GEOS-5 model which will be used as reference. Different configurations of lidar and polarimeters will be studied to invert microphysical parameters. The results of this task will be also used for defining cost-effective ACE mission. Also, joint inversion will be evaluated using experimental measurements on NASA field campaigns that include airborne lidar systems such as HSRL-2 and Airborne Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (ACATS) and polarimeters such as the Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 207 000

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITE DE LILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 103 500
Address
42 Rue Paul Duez
59800 Lille
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GENERALIZED RETRIEVAL OF ATMOSPHERE AND SURFACE PROPERTIES EN ABREGE GRASP
France
EU contribution
€ 256 500
Address
20 Impasse De L'eglise
59830 Bachy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 99 000
Address
Plaza Santa Cruz 8 Palacio De Santa Cruz
47002 Valladolid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 72 000
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CLOUDFLIGHT AUSTRIA GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 36 000
Address
Huemerstrasse 23
4020 Linz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 31 500
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTE OF RADIO ASTRONOMY OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Chervonopraporna Str 4
61002 Kharkov
Activity type
Research Organisations

Partners (7)

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
United States
Address
Nasa Headquarters, E St. Sw 300
20546 Washington
Activity type
Research Organisations
University System of Maryland
United States
Address
Metzerott Road 3300
MD 20783-1690 Adelphi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences
Russia
Address
Vavilov 38
119991 Moscow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Belarus
Address
Nezavisimosti Ave 68
220072 Minsk
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS (CONICET)
Argentina
Address
Godoy Cruz 2290
C1425FQB Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTE OF REMOTE SENSING AND DIGITAL EARTH - CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
China
Address
North No Jia-20, Datun Road, An Ding Men Wai, Chaoyang District
100101 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD TECNOLOGICA NACIONAL
Argentina
Address
Sarmiento 440 Piso 07
1347 Ciudad Autonoma Buenos Aires
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments