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[Met-jobs] Fifth Convective and Volcanic Clouds training school - Italy. 2-10 October 2019

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Date Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:03:28 +0000

Fifth training school on Convective and Volcanic Clouds (CVC) detecting, monitoring and modeling - Italy, 2-10 October 2019  


The training school is supported and organized by researchers of the Università di Padova, 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 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

Lorenzo Labrador (WMO)

Frank Silvio Marzano (Università La Sapienza Roma / CETEMPS, Italy)

Marcello Miglietta (ISAC-CNR, Italy)

Fred Prata (AIRES Ltd, UK)

Dorinel Visoiu (Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration)



Riccardo Biondi (Università di Padova, Italy)

Frances Beckett (Univ. of Bristol, UK)

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)

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



Early bird registration deadline: 15 May 2019

Registration deadline: 10 August 2019


Publication discount

Discount of 15% on the MDPI Remote Sensing CVC Special Issue ( for those ones registering before the 15th of May.


School fees and accommodation

It is possible to register for the convective clouds module (2-5 Oct) or to the volcanic clouds module (7-10 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:


School Location

The location will be decided in April 2019.

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