ARSss - Atmospheric Remote Sensing summer school

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The Atmospheric Remote Sensing summer school (ARSss) is organized by RADO as independent event or coupled with OTEM workshop. It comprises theoretical and hands-on training in different instrumental techniques, algorithm concepts and atmospheric process, as well as courses and practice of complementary skills: presentation, communication, project management, ethics.

Contact: Dr. Doina Nicolae, nnicol@inoe.ro

OTEM - Optoelectronic Techniques for Environmental Monitoring workshop

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OTEM Workshop is organized every year since 2006 by the Remote Sensing Department in INOE.  The workshop is focused on current issues in environmental science, engineering, management and policies, with special emphasis on optoelectronic techniques, active and passive remote sensing and applications.

Website: http://otem.inoe.ro

Science can be fun

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Are you curious what is happening in the Atmosphere? Would you like an "hands-on" physics lesson about air pollution, climate change or green energy, instead of long and boring hours of theory? The Romanian Atmospheric Observatory is a nice place to visit together with your teacher. Contact us...

Field campaigns

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Field campaigns are a good opportunity for young and experienced scientists to perform research on specific applications. Many of our instruments (in situ and remote sensing) are mobile, and can be transported to any location of interest. Air and water quality measurements, intercomparison and validation campaigns as well as hands-on training were organized in Danube Delta (2006), Black Sea (2007), Surlari (2008), Timisoara (2008), Preila (2008), Leipzig (2009), Rovinari (2010), Cluj (2010) and continuing.

The week "Scoala altfel"

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The first week of April is devoted to a different teaching approach. You can use this opportunity to visit the Romanian Atmospheric Observatory: a place where you can generate tornadoes, play with magnetic levitation, and understand lasers. Contact us at rado@inoe.ro for scheduling.

2014-03-06

AQUA-GRO 2012

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AQUA-GRO 1st campaign was organized between 15 - 29 September 2012. Participating lidar stations: Athens, Bucharest, Oxilithos, Iasi, Timisoara. A medium Saharan dust outbreak was measured both in Greece and Romania between 23-25 of September.

 

ACTRIS-CHARMEX 2012

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ChArMEx campaign is an European integrated measurement campaign to study pollution transport in Europe. A 72 hours continuous measurements EARLINET exercise was organized in the frame of ChArMEx, from July 9, 06:00 UT, up to July 12, 05:59 UT. The 72 hourly profiles from Bucharest lidar station were fed into the EARLINET's Single Calculus Chain, which was used to obtain in an automatic and homogeneous way optical profiles for all participating stations.

ACTRIS-EMEP 2012

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EMEP - PEGASOS campaign is an intensive European measurement campaign focusing on aerosols (EMEP) and oxidizing capacity (PEGASOS), both at ground level and in the altitude. The campaign started at 8th of June and ended at July 17. Bucharest station participated both with lidar aerosol profiles, and ground-based in situ aerosol chemical composition data.

Science Fairs

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ROMENVIROTEC

Laser Remote Sensing Department participates to ROMENVIROTEC since 2006, this being considered the perfect meeting place for environment protection agencies and institutions from Romania, willing to implement the requirements of the European Union related to this field....

The brand new Romanian Atmospheric Observatory - RADO was officially open on September 28, 2011.

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The Observatory open its doors for scientists all over the world offering trans-national access to infrastructure. In the same time, it opens a world of knowledge to young people and children, within its Science Center.

We were invited to join a huge initiative: Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research Infrastructure Network (ACTRIS).

This project aims at integrating European ground-based stations equipped with advanced atmospheric probing instrumentation for aerosols, clouds and short-lived gas-phase species. It is a multidisciplinary project, combining ground-based and remote sensing instruments and networks, experimental and theoretical research, modeling and observations.

Volcanic ash over Europe was an opportunity to make us useful for the society.

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Volcanic ash reaching Europe in April 2010 traveled not as a compact mass, but dispersed between 2 and 14 Km, and this affected aviation and European economy. With our (INOE) 3 aerosol lidar systems and ground-based instruments, we provided daily reports to EARLINET and various national authorities (civil aviation, weather service, environmental agencies) to advise them about plume trajectory, height and density.

2.43 mil. EUR granted by the Norwegian government to RADO consortium after a tough competition in 2009

Although enhancing previous results, partnerships and projects, and benefiting from a synergy of funds (e.g. national funds - project ROLINET, EXIST, REMARKT, EU funds for research - project DELICE) this infrastructure was boosted in 2009 by a 2.43mil EUR Norway Grant (STVES 115266) project, co-financed (0.44 mil EUR) by the National Authority for Scientific Research.

The very first steps to a national atmospheric observatory

Years ago, somebody smart asked to Romanian scientists to reconsider their individual plans and start working together in partnerships. It was a hard lesson to learn, but a great advantage in accessing international funds, because at the time when programs like Norway Grants were launched, we already had something to build on.

One important milestone in our success story: the EArlinet Reference LIdars campaign in 2009 (EARLI09).

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The aim of EARLI09 campaign was to compare reference and non-reference mobile lidar systems in EARLINET in various atmospheric conditions and also to validate all channels showing acceptable deviations. The campaign was organized in Leipzig, Germany, at the Institute for Tropospheric Physics, 4 - 29 May 2009.

Science communication event organized with the ocasion of World Space Week

Remote Sensing Dept. in INOE opens its gates to all curious people on October 8th, 2011, to visit the Romanian Atmospheric Observatory.

2011-10-03

Grimsvötn eruption 2011

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After Eyja.... in 2010, another (smaller) Icelandic volcano errupted in 2011. Europe was not signifficantly affected this time. Nevertheless, our lidar was measuring. If not for aviation safety purposes, for scientific anyhow.

The Romanian Atmospheric Observatory open its gates to the scientists and public

The high-tech atmospheric research observatory in Romania is ready for operation, thanks to a €2.43 million grant from Norway and €0.44 million co-financing from National Agency for Scientific Research. The opening is scheduled for September 28, 2011 in Magurele, Ilfov county. His Excellency Mr. Oystein Hovdkinn, the Ambassador of Norway, and Mr. Chiaran Dearle from the European Commission, together with more than 70 guests will attend to the event.

The Remote Sensing Dept. in INOE is the main promoter of the RADO project, which we hope is just the beginning of a long-term operation research infrastructure.

2011-09-01

Science Playground

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Our Science Center at the Romanian Atmospheric Observatory is the place where everybody can have fun while performing research: children can play with experimental set-ups, students can learn by doing, scientists can create complex studies. The Science Center is part of the Romanian Atmospheric Observatory. Sometime, our Science Center comes to you.

Website: http://rado.inoe.ro

Eyjafjallajökull eruption 2010

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An intensive measurement campaign with the multiwavelegth Raman lidar was performed at Bucharest lidar station during the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010, simultaneous with other EARLINET stations. Volcanic ash was present over Romania from April 17 until May 11, but higher concentrations (up to 100 micrograms per cubic meters) were measured on April 18 and 21, at an altitude range of 2 - 5 km.

EARLI09

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Our multiwavelength Raman lidar RALI was participating to the EARLINET intercomparison campaign, Leipzig, May 2009. During the campaign, a complex procedure was developed and tested on the datasets submitted by each group involved in EARLI09. Our lidar system has passed the test for a threshold of 10% deviation from the reference signal, for all channels.