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European Aerosol Research Lidar Network: Advanced Sustainable Observation System

Objective

The present knowledge of the aerosol distribution is far from sufficient to properly estimate the role of aerosols in changes of the global and regional environmental conditions and climate. Improving the observation system for aerosols will contribute to almost all areas of societal benefits listed in the GEOSS Implementation Plan. Since it is in particular the information on the vertical distribution that is lacking, advanced laser remote sensing is the most appropriate tool to close the observational gap.

EARLINET-ASOS, starting on the European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET) infrastructure, consisting of 20 lidar stations distributed over Europe, will contribute to the improvement of continuing observations and methodological developments that are urgently needed to provide the multi-year continental scale data set necessary to assess the impact of aerosols on the European and global environment and to support future satellite missions. The main objective is to improve the EARLINET infrastructure resulting in a better spatial and temporal coverage of the observations, continuous quality control for the complete observation system, and fast availability of standardized data products.

This will be reached by strengthening the co-operation among the partners with several networking activities: exchange of expertise with the main goal of defining and disseminating best practice and knowledge; quality assurance program for both algorithms and instruments for assessing and assuring common high quality standards; optimisation of instruments for achieving a better temporal coverage and standardization of performance; optimisation of data processing with the goal of establishing an automatic processing from raw data to final products; establishing a database provided with an user interface for dissemination of data. The expected outcome is the most comprehensive data source for the 4-D spatio-temporal distribution of aerosols on a continental scale.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-INFRASTRUCTURES-5
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Funding Scheme

IA-CA - Integrating activities implemented as Coordination Actions

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma
Italy

Participants (20)

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address
Administration Building, University Campus
Thessaloniki
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
Jordi Girona, 31
Barcelona
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz 1
Muenchen
LEIBNIZ INSTITUT FUER TROPOSPHAERENFORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
Leipzig
RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU (RIVM)
Netherlands
Address
Antonie Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9
Bilthoven
UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM
Germany
Address
Am Neuen Palais 10
Potsdam
B.I. STEPANOV INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS - NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF BELARUS
Belarus
Address
Nezavisimosty Ave., 68
Minsk
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING
Norway
Address
Instituttsveien 18
Kjeller
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
9 Heroon Polytechneiou
Athina
UNIVERSITA DEL SALENTO
Italy
Address
Piazza Tancredi 7
Lecce
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Epfl Enac Lpas Station 6
Lausanne
INSTITUTE OF GEOPHYSICS - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Poland
Address
Ksiecia Janusza 64
Warszawa
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE FISICHE DELLA MATERIA
Italy
Address
Via Ostiense 159
Roma
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
Paris
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS
Spain
Address
Avenida Complutense 22
Madrid
CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DÉVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
Address
Jaquet-droz 1
Neuchâtel
INSTITUTE OF ELECTRONICS, BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
Boulevard Tsarigradsko Shosse 72
Sofia
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FÜR TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
Address
Kaiserstr. 12
Karlsruhe
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÜRDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V. REPRESENTED BY MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FÜR METEOROLOGIE
Germany
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
Muenchen
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA
Italy
Address
Via Vincenzo Rivera, 1
L'aquila