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European Aerosol Research Lidar Network: Advanced Sustainable Observation System

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.

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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma

Italy

Administrative Contact

Gelsomina PAPPALARDO (Dr)

Participants (20)

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ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI

Greece

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

LEIBNIZ INSTITUT FUER TROPOSPHAERENFORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU (RIVM)

Netherlands

UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM

Germany

B.I. STEPANOV INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS - NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF BELARUS

Belarus

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING

Norway

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

UNIVERSITA DEL SALENTO

Italy

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

INSTITUTE OF GEOPHYSICS - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE FISICHE DELLA MATERIA

Italy

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS

Spain

CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DÉVELOPPEMENT

Switzerland

INSTITUTE OF ELECTRONICS, BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FÜR TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÜRDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V. REPRESENTED BY MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FÜR METEOROLOGIE

Germany

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 25991

  • Start date

    1 March 2006

  • End date

    28 February 2011

Funded under:

FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 760 199

  • EU contribution

    € 2 760 199

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy