Lidar Calibration Centre LICAL


Lidar is not a “push button” device. Even if fully automatic, it requires supervision because its calibration may change with time and environmental conditions. The quality of the final data products depends crucially on the performance of the instrument, operator’s skills and experience, and data handling procedures.Therefore, lidar calibration is a complex process, relying on the quantitative assessment of the instrument’s performance and its continuous control.

Complementary laboratory

Complementary laboratory includes two meteorological stations for temperature, pressure, relative humidity, wind speed and wind direction. Measured data are compared with forecasted data, by use of the regional model MAP3D, to investigate the contribution of distributed pollution sources to the...

In situ analysis laboratory

In situ analysis laboratory includes an aerosol mass spectrometer, optical and gravimetric particle counters, a particle size spectrometer, a three color integrating nephelometer, 33-gaseous compounds differential optical absorption spectroscopy system and point monitors for O3, SO2, NOx and HC...

Passive remote sensing laboratory

Passive Remote sensing laboratory includes 2 microwave radiometers, solar and lunar sunphotometer, razon+ and real time satellite images through Eumetcast. Profiles of temperature and humidity are correlated with lidars data, as well as AERONET sunphotometer derived information.

Active remote sensing laboratory

The Active Remote Sensing laboratory includes five lidar systems (multi-wavelength Raman, eye-safe scanning mobile UV mini-lidar, ozone, fluorescence) and a sodar. These instruments provide profiles of aerosol, ozone and organic matter, optical parameters and wind speed and direction. Optical...

Scientific objectives

1. Development and improvement of investigation methods (active and passive remote sensing, laser induced fluorescence, in situ and laboratory) dedicated to environmental assessment (water, soil, air)

2. Experimental and theoretical research for the physical, chemical and optical characterization of environmental components and parameters


Complementary objectives

Remote Sensing Dept. supports education at the Master (M.Sc.), and doctoral (Ph.D.), as well as PostDoc track levels: professional deveopment, career plan, communication skills, project management, team work, secondments, networking.


The main goal of the Remote Sensing Dept. is to strength the research and technological development capacities and set-up strategic partnerships with excellent research entities worldwide in order to produce and manage information on the environment.

Research interests

Our research provides coverage of the fundamentals, methods and technology, as well as application of laser remote sensing and complementary techniques within environmental domain.

Atmosphere, water and soil are considered as 3-dimensional dynamic systems in continuous interaction, and investigated by use of remote sensing techniques in synergy with other techniques.