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A European research infrastructure for the aerosol study on a continental scale: EARLINET-ASOS
Author(s): Aldo Amodeo; Gelsomina Pappalardo; Jens Bösenberg; Albert Ansmann; Arnoud Apituley; Lucas Alados-Arboledas; Dimitris Balis; Christine Böckmann; Anatoly Chaikovsky; Adolfo Comeron; Volker Freudenthaler; Ove Gustaffson; Georg Hansen; Valentin Mitev; Doina Nicolae; Alexandros Papayannis; Maria Rita Perrone; Aleksander Pietruczuk; Manuel Pujadas; Jean-Philippe Putaud; Francois Ravetta; Vincenzo Rizi; Valentin Simeonov; Nicola Spinelli; Dimitar Stoyanov; Thomas Trickl; Matthias Wiegner
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Paper Abstract

The present knowledge of the aerosol distribution is not sufficient to estimate the aerosol influence on global and regional environmental conditions and climate. This observational gap can be closed by using advanced laser remote sensing. EARLINET (European Aerosol Research Lidar Network) is the first aerosol lidar network, established in 2000, with the main goal to provide a comprehensive, quantitative, and statistically significant database for the aerosol distribution on a continental scale. EARLINET is a coordinated network of European stations (25 at present) using advanced lidar methods for the vertical profiling of aerosols. The network activity is based on simultaneous scheduled measurements, a rigorous quality assurance program addressing both instruments and evaluation algorithms, and a standardised data exchange format. Further observations are performed to monitor special events. EARLINET-ASOS (Advanced Sustainable Observation System) is a five year EC Project started in 2006, based on the EARLINET infrastructure. The main objectives are: to make EARLINET a world-leading instrument for the observation of the 4-D aerosol distribution on continental scale; to foster aerosol-related process studies, validation of satellite sensors, model development and validation, assimilation of aerosol data into operational models; and to build a comprehensive climatology of the aerosol distribution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 October 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6745, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XII, 67450Y (30 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.738401
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Aldo Amodeo, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
Gelsomina Pappalardo, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
Jens Bösenberg, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie (Germany)
Albert Ansmann, Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung e.V. (Germany)
Arnoud Apituley, Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (Netherlands)
Lucas Alados-Arboledas, Univ. de Granada (Spain)
Dimitris Balis, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki (Greece)
Christine Böckmann, Univ. Potsdam (Germany)
Anatoly Chaikovsky, B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics (Belarus)
Adolfo Comeron, Univ. Politecnica de Cataluña (Spain)
Volker Freudenthaler, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Ove Gustaffson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Georg Hansen, Norwegian Institute for Air Research (Norway)
Valentin Mitev, Observatoire Cantonal de Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
Doina Nicolae, National Institute of Research & Development for Optoelectronics (Romania)
Alexandros Papayannis, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Maria Rita Perrone, Univ. degli Studi di Lecce (Italy)
Aleksander Pietruczuk, Institute of Geophysics (Poland)
Manuel Pujadas, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
Jean-Philippe Putaud, Joint Research Ctr. (Italy)
Francois Ravetta, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie (France)
Vincenzo Rizi, Univ. degli Studi dell’Aquila (Italy)
Valentin Simeonov, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Nicola Spinelli, Univ. degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
Dimitar Stoyanov, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)
Thomas Trickl, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)
Matthias Wiegner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6745:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XII
Adolfo Comerón; Richard H. Picard; Klaus Schäfer; James R. Slusser; Aldo Amodeo, Editor(s)

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