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Colloquium: Using lidar for aerosols and clouds, from aircraft, the ground, and satellites: scientific and operational applications

Event Details:

  • Date:       Thursday 14 November 2019
  • Time:      Starts: 16:00
  • Venue:    The Cyprus InstituteGuy Ourisson Building, Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Athalassa Campus
  • Speaker: Dr. Franco Marenco, Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom
The colloquium will be in English and the event is open to the public.
Live streaming of the lecture will be available on The Cyprus Institute’s YouTube Channel
Live streaming is facilitated by the CySTEM project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 667942.
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Lidar is increasingly used for the remote sensing of atmospheric properties, and in particular for collecting information on aerosols and clouds. In his presentation, Dr. Marenco will discuss a number of scientific applications that he has been personally involved with, during ten years at the Met Office. The presentation will focus on the lidar on-board the FAAM atmospheric research aircraft, which Dr. Marenco has extensively used to study volcanic ash, mineral dust, smoke from biomass burning, and clouds: the accent is on the synergy that can be obtained between remote sensing and in situ observations, and on the validation of modelling and satellite products. The speaker will also discuss about applications of the Met Office volcanic ash network, currently consisting of 10 ground-based lidar stations, and the issues and barriers in front of the operational exploitation of spaceborne lidar.

About The Speaker

Dr. Franco Marenco

Franco Marenco has been researching the atmospheric sciences for the last 25 years, with affiliations at institutes in Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. In 2006 he obtained a PhD in Physics at the University of Genova, and in the last ten years he has worked at the Met Office, where he has been researching lidar applications. Since 2015 he leads a team on satellite imagery.




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Additional Info

  • Date: Thursday 14 November 2019
  • Time: Starts: 16:00
  • Speaker: Dr. Franco Marenco
  • Co-organisers: Met Office, Exeter, United Kingdom

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