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D-TECT - Does dust TriboElectrification affect our ClimaTe?

Host institution: National Observatory of Athens (NOA)

Funding: European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant 2016, H2020-EU.1.1., Excellent Science, Project ID: 725698

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Description: D-TECT aims to parameterize the physical mechanisms responsible for dust triboelectrification, assess the impact of electrification on dust settling, quantify the climatic impacts of the process, particularly the effect on the dust size evolution during transport, on dry deposition and on CCN/IN reservoirs, and the effect of the electric field on particle orientation and on radiative transfer.   



DUST-GLASS - Improving global dust prediction and monitoring through data assimilation of satellite-based dust aerosol optical depth

Host institution: National Observatory of Athens (NOA)

Funding: H2020-MSCA-IF-2016 (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships)

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DUST-GLASS aims at improving global dust prediction and monitoring by optimizing an advanced data assimilation system (LETKF scheme) coupled with a sophisticated atmospheric-dust model (NMMB/BSC-Dust). For the accomplishment of these core scientific goals, a fine resolution (0.1° x 0.1°) global dust optical depth (DOD) database, suitable for data assimilation, will be developed via a synergy of state-of-the-art Level 2 satellite retrievals acquired by MODIS, MISR and OMI sensors (2007-2016). The impacts of assimilating this novel dataset (DOD) on model’s predictive skills, both at global and regional scale, will be assessed objectively. Global forecasts (5 days) will be carried out for different periods aiming at studying dust aerosols’ mobilization and transport from the major dust sources of the planet, while a global reanalysis (0.5° x 0.7°) dataset will be generated for long-term dust monitoring. In addition, regional short-term (84 hours) forecasts will be conducted for 20 Mediterranean dust outbreaks identified by a satellite algorithm in the framework of the MDRAF project (fellow’s previous MC-IEF). In the evaluation analysis, the model’s dust outputs will be compared versus measurements derived by ground networks (AERONET, MAN, ACTRIS) as well as against columnar/vertical satellite retrievals (MODIS, MISR, CALIOP). Moreover, temperature and radiation will be also considered since “corrections” on dust fields, thanks to data assimilation, are expected to be evident on both parameters due to dust-radiation interactions. The aforementioned variables will be compared against observations obtained by ground networks (ISB, RAOB, BSRN) and reanalysis/analysis products (ERA Interim, FNL). Considering the multifaceted role of dust, the scientific outcomes of DUST-GLASS are expected to contribute effectively to interdisciplinary studies regarding dust aerosols as well as their associated impacts on health, anthropogenic activities, environment, weather and climate.

ECARS - East European Centre for Atmospheric Remote Sensing

Project Partners: (1) National Institute of Research and Development for Optoelectronics (INOE), (2) Max Planck Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften E.V. (MPI-M ), (3) Deutsches Zentrum Für Luft - Und Raumfahrt EV (DLR) (4) National Observatory of Athens (NOA, Partner - Responsible for space-borne remote sensing), (5) Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR).

Funding: HORIZON 2020, The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement No 692014.

Official website: http://ecars.inoe.ro/

Description: ECARS addresses the challenges of the Twinning programme by tackling deficiencies and networking gaps between INOE and internationally-leading counterparts at EU level. The overarching objective of the ECARS project is to boost INOE’s research capacity in the domain of atmospheric remote sensing and create a pole of excellence in East Europe.

2016 - 31 December 2018

February 2016 - 31 July 2018

GEO-CRADLE - Coordinating and integRating state-of-the-art Earth Observation Activities in the regions of North Africa, Middle East, and Balkans and Developing Links with GEO related initiatives towards GEOSS

Project partners: 19 organisations as full partners (co-organisation: NOA), including 4 international organisations: EURISY, EARSC, EGS, CEDARE, 5 organisations as “third-party” partners, and 2 organisations from collaborating countries.

Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020 (H2020) research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690133.

Official website: http://geocradle.eu/en/

Description: The overall goal of GEO-CRADLE focuses on the establishment of a regional coordination network that will enable the better utilisation of EO data and the development of EO services, and the effective involvement of the complete ecosystem of EO stakeholders, thereby providing the necessary elements towards addressing regional challenges.  


Project partners: Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), The Netherlands,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece, Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (IASB-BIRA), Belgium, Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), Danmark, Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), Greece, Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Finland, Institute of Atmosphere Physics (IAP-CAS), P.R. China, IsardSAT (ISAT), Spain, National Observatory Athens (NOA), Greece, Hefei Institute of Physical Sciences, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (HIPS-AIOFM), P.R. China, Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), The Netherlands,Peking University (PKU), P.R. China, Tsinghua University (THU), P.R. China, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium, London Metropolitan University (LMU) / University of Derby, United Kingdom


Funding: FP7-SPACE-2013-1 under grant agreement No  606953.

Official website: http://www.marcopolo-panda.eu/

Description: Marcopolao aims using European and Chinese expertise to improve air quality monitoring, modelling and forecasting over China by improving emission database using satellite data with a focus on emission estimates from space and their refinement for anthropogenic and biogenic sources through spatial downscaling and source sector apportionment. State-of-the-art techniques and recent wide range satellite and in-situ data and GIS information will be applied. New emission inventories will serve as input to air quality modelling on regional and urban scales, and it is expected to improve considerably existing air quality information and forecasts (to be supported by validation and following international standards and recommendations) interactively customized at MarcoPolo website.

January 2014 - March 2017

September 2011 - August 2013


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Funding: ESA,  ESTEC Contract No.4000104106/11/NL/FF/fk

Official website: http://lidar.space.noa.gr:8080/livas/index.html

Description:LIdar climatology of Vertical Aerosol Structure for space-based lidar simulation studies” is an ESA project aiming to provide a global and extensive aerosol and cloud optical database, to be used for current and future space-borne lidar end-to-end simulations of realistic atmospheric scenarios, as well as retrieval algorithm testing activities. LIVAS provides a global 3-dimensional aerosol and cloud optical climatology and a collection of case studies focused on atmospheric episodes related to specific aerosol/cloud types (extended atmospheric scenes, i.e. Saharan dust events, smoke and volcanic eruption events, polar-stratospheric clouds etc). In order to cover the different spectral domains for HSRL and IPDA lidars, the compiled database addresses the three harmonic operating wavelengths of Nd-YAG lasers (355 nm, 532 nm and 1064 nm) as well as typical wavelengths of IPDA lidars in the SWIR spectral domain (1570 nm and 2050 nm).


About Us

ReACT stands for “Remote sensing of Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases”, to describe the research focus of the respective research team led by Dr. Vassilis Amiridis. ReACT consists of highly motivated scientists within the field of Atmospheric Sciences, combining a number of Post-doc researchers, Ph.D. and M.Sc. students as well as other research and technical staff, using the resources, infrastructure and experience of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS).

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