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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

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UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Net EU contribution
€ 207 000,00
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada
Spain

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Andalucía Granada
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITE DE LILLE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 103 500,00
Address
42 Rue Paul Duez
59000 Lille

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Region
Hauts-de-France Nord-Pas de Calais Nord
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
GENERALIZED RETRIEVAL OF ATMOSPHERE AND SURFACE PROPERTIES EN ABREGE GRASP
France
Net EU contribution
€ 256 500,00
Address
20 Impasse De L'eglise
59830 Bachy

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Hauts-de-France Nord-Pas de Calais Nord
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID
Spain
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€ 99 000,00
Address
Plaza Santa Cruz 8 Palacio De Santa Cruz
47002 Valladolid

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Castilla y León Valladolid
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
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€ 72 000,00
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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
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€ 9 000,00
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin

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Berlin Berlin Berlin
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€ 0,00
CLOUDFLIGHT AUSTRIA GMBH
Austria
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€ 36 000,00
Address
Huemerstrasse 23
4020 Linz

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Westösterreich Oberösterreich Linz-Wels
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 36 000,00
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
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€ 0,00
INSTITUTE OF RADIO ASTRONOMY OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE
Ukraine
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€ 58 500,00
Address
Chervonopraporna Str 4
61002 Kharkov

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€ 0,00

Partners (7)

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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
United States
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€ 0,00
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Nasa Headquarters, E St. Sw 300
20546 Washington

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€ 0,00
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University System of Maryland
United States
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€ 0,00
Address
Metzerott Road 3300
MD 20783-1690 Adelphi

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€ 0,00
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A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences

Participation ended

Russia
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€ 0,00
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€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

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Belarus
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€ 0,00
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CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS (CONICET)
Argentina
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€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

INSTITUTE OF REMOTE SENSING AND DIGITAL EARTH - CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
China
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€ 0,00
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North No Jia-20, Datun Road, An Ding Men Wai, Chaoyang District
100101 Beijing

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€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSIDAD TECNOLOGICA NACIONAL
Argentina
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€ 0,00
Address
Sarmiento 440 Piso 07
1347 Ciudad Autonoma Buenos Aires

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€ 0,00