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[Met-jobs] Training school on convective and volcanic clouds - grant available for EU citizens

From riccardo <>
To Roger Brugge <>, "" <>
Date Mon, 5 Sep 2016 12:25:02 +0000

Second training school on
"Convective and volcanic clouds detecting, monitoring and modeling"
Tarquinia, Italy, 19-28 October 2016

This training school is supported by the European Geosciences Union (EGU) organized by researchers of the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Research Council (ISAC-CNR), Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the Oxford University. We have the patronage of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), the Stratospheric Processes and their Role in Climate (SPARC) project, the AXA Research Fund (AXARF) and the Ministero degli Affari Esteri Cooperazione Internazionale (MAECI).

Attending the school you will get an overview of the state of the art techniques and methods for detecting and monitoring the volcanic and convective clouds, you will know the different instruments and platforms allowing us to get the best performance in detecting such kind of clouds, you will be projected to the future learning about new missions planned for solving the main issues on these fields, you will be involved in real applications as early warming systems and modeling, you will directly analize the data.

The school topics will range from satellite instruments such as IR sensors or GPS radio occultations to aircraft measuremtents like lidar and radar, from study of ash and SO2 clouds totropical cyclonesmediterranean hurricanes, land and maritime convection.

The purpose of the School is to train students with outstanding research interest in the techniques allowing to detect, monitor, and model convective and volcanic clouds, to gain knowledge of the instruments and satellite missions (present and future) and to be able to support such kind of studies. The double aim is to create a school managed by young scientists already well established and recognized in their respective fields for young scientists willing to reinforce or develop their knowledge on atmospheric extreme events detection and monitoring for supporting policy makers, early warning systems and aviation safety.

The extreme atmospheric event cloud detection is a high multidisciplinary and challenging topic since the same techniques and instruments can be used for meteorology, volcanic monitoring, atmospheric physics and climate purposes. Within all these fields there are still many unsolved issues making this school fundamental for creating a new generation of scientists able to use the synergy of several different instruments and techniques. The air transportation became fundamental in the last decades for the World economy and social life, and volcanic or convective events can affect the regular management and operation creating large economic losses. This training school will support creating a new generation of scientists specialized on monitoring and detection of atmospheric extreme events supporting the safety of the citizens. Most of the young researchers are usually focused in a single subject (e.g. convection or volcanic eruption) and they are not in touch with final users to get their feedbacks, this school will be the occasion for broadening their horizons and for creating useful connections. We expect scientists and final users (such as pilots or early warning system technicians) meet during this course for discussing about common goals and for learning each other how to improve their work toward a proficient collaboration.   

Each topic includes keynote plenary lectures with in-depth discussion. The school will consist of lectures combined with the practical application of the material covered in the lectures through introductory lab sessions and a set of research problems that will form the core of the School.

Through the introductory keynotes invited lectures, the students will be introduced to all the issues and challenges of the convective and volcanic cloud detection, monitoring and modeling, gaining an overview of the state of the art and the future development.

All the participants are expected to give a short talk or to present a poster about their own research; the selection of the talks will be done through evaluation process as in a regular conference. Moreover a panel discussion between scientists and end users (both present within the lecturers and the students) will be organized for talking about possible improvements for collaborating in a better way, producing better results and establishing new collaborations. For creating a real link between the school and the students every year at least one student will be invited as lecturer of the following course.

The students will leave the school with an increased understanding of the cutting-edge research questions and with the perspective of creating some future projects in this field also thanks to the network created during the school with the lecturers and other students.

Keynotes Lecturers

Francesco Cairo (ISAC-CNR, Italy)
Roy Gordon Grainger (University of Oxford, UK)
Fred Prata (Nicarnica Aviation, Norway)
Klaus Sievers (German Airline Pilots' Association)
Dorinel Visoiu (Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration

Riccardo Biondi (ISAC-CNR, Italy)
Tatjana Bolic (Univ. of Trieste, Italy)
Hugues Brenot (BIRA-IASB, Belgium)
Elisa Carboni (Univ. of Oxford, UK)
Stefano Corradini (INGV, Italy)
Federico Fierli (ISAC-CNR, Italy)
Guergana Guerova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
Claire Witham (MetOffice, UK)
Lorenzo Labrador (MetOffice, UK)
Luca Merucci (INGV, Italy)
Marcello Miglietta (ISAC-CNR, Italy)
Mario Montopoli (Univ. of Rome, Italy)
Giuseppe Salerno (INGV, Italy)
Mark Woodhouse (Univ. of Bristol, UK)

The School is open to everybody with priority for graduate students, PhD students and early career researchers.
More info available at the website
Grants available for researchers able to participate without requesting visa

Extended registration deadline: September 30, 2016

Riccardo Biondi 

School modules
It is possible to register for the module I (volcanic clouds, 19-23 October) the module II (convective clouds, 24-28 October) or for the whole training course (19-28 October).

Excursions and fun-night
- Guided visit to the etruscan necropolis and museum (half day)
- Visit to LACOST (Laboratorio Atmosferico COstiero Saline Tarquinia) experimental site (managed by ISAC-CNR)
- Ice cream night
- Fun-run in the morning before the school

School Location
Tarquinia (Italy) is located close to Rome, easily reachable from the capital in i hour by train. The trains from Rome (all stations) to Tarquinia are very frequent: every 1h along the whole day. Pisa airport is also well connected to Tarquinia being about 1h30min away by train. The center of the town is pretty small, in the town there are several hotels, restaurants and bars of all types and categories. Tarquinia is an Etruscan town with one of the most popular necropolis and it is located on the seaside of Tyrrenean sea.

Riccardo Biondi, 
Ph.D AXA Fellow - Freelance Researcher 
Marie-Curie Alumnus 
ISAC-CNR, Italy 
phone: +39-349-393 7542 

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