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[Met-jobs] 4th training school on Convective and Volcanic Clouds (CVC) - Extended deadline and new lecturers

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Date Sun, 12 Aug 2018 20:48:56 +0000

Fourth training school on Convective and Volcanic Clouds (CVC) detecting, monitoring and modeling
Nicolosi, Italy, 28 September – 6 October 2018
CVC 2018 ETNA edition!

New lecturers: Frank Silvio Marzano, Mike Pavolonis and Nina Kristiansen

This training school is supported and organized by researchers of the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate National Research Council (ISAC-CNR), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB),  the UK MetOffice, the Oxford University, the University of Trieste and the University of Sofia, with local organization provided by island of meetings (iom).

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 to tropical cyclones, mediterranean 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.

All the participants are expected to give a short talk or to present a poster about their own research. 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.

Keynote Lecturers
Frank Silvio Marzano (Sapienza Università di Roma / CETEMPS, Italy)
Marcello Miglietta (ISAC-CNR, Italy)
Mike Pavolonis (NOAA, USA)
Fred Prata (AIRES Ltd, UK)
Dorinel Visoiu (Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration)

Riccardo Biondi (INGV, Italy)
Tatjana Bolic (Univ. of Trieste, Italy)
Hugues Brenot (BIRA-IASB, Belgium)
Elisa Carboni (Univ. of Oxford, UK)
Stefano Corradini (INGV, Italy)
Guergana Guerova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
Nina Kristiansen (MetOffice, UK)
Lorenzo Labrador (WMO)
Mario Montopoli (ISAC-CNR, Italy)
Giuseppe Salerno (INGV, Italy)
Simona Scollo (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  

Small grants available

Extended registration deadline: 10 September 2018

School fees and accommodation
It is possible to register for the convective clouds module (28 Sep – 1 Oct) or to the volcanic clouds module (3 Oct – 6 Oct) or for the whole training course (9 days). The simple registration fee includes coffee breaks and teaching material. The full board registration fee includes accommodation, meals, coffee breaks, and teaching material. Every meal will be served in a different restaurant with typical local dishes, accommodation will be in B&B with quality and services equivalent to *** hotel or in a *** hotel.

Riccardo Biondi & Stefano Corradini
Logistic info:

Excursions and fun
- The excursion to the Etna 2002-2003 craters (3000 m) is optional. In the full registration fee is included the additional night for the excursion day but the trip must be paid separately. The cost will approximately be 80€ including bus to the Rifugio Sapienza, cable car, packed lunch and guided tour.
- Fun-run in the morning before the school

School Location
Nicolosi (Italy), is a city located on the slopes of the Etna volcano, known as the gateway to Etna. On several occasions eruptions have highly damaged the city, 1669’s notably devastating. Nicolosi has numerous buildings of architectural and historical interest such as The Mother Church, dedicated to the Holy Spirit and the the benedictine monastery of San Nicolò l’Arena. In Nicolosi, begins a nice road that stretches up to the Rifugio Sapienza, from where excursions to the crater start.

Riccardo Biondi
PhD, Freelance Researcher

Marie Curie Alumnus | AXARF Alumnus

Skype: biondi.riccardo Cell.: +349 393 7542 -

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