September 15, 2010

Second GALION workshop, WMO, Geneva 20-23 September 2010

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
COMMISSION FOR ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (CAS)
GLOBAL ATMOSPHERE WATCH (GAW)


Workshop Program and Agenda

The Second GAW Aerosol Lidar Observation Network (GALION) Workshop will be convened at the WMO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 20-23 September 2010.

The workshop focus will be on the implementation of GALION mainly around four activities/working groups: i) technology and methodology; ii) quality assurance (for both instruments and data processing); iii) database (interoperability among the existing different lidar databases); iv) user needs (model evaluation and data assimilation; validation programs for current and next satellite missions).

The mission of GALION is to organize the observational capability for the 4-dimensional distribution of key aerosol parameters at global scale.

The specific objective of GALION is to provide the vertical component of this distribution through advanced laser remote sensing in a network of ground-based stations globally distributed. The aerosol properties to be observed will include the identification of aerosol layers, profiles of directly measured optical properties (backscatter and extinction coefficients at selected wavelengths, lidar ratio, Ängström coefficients, particle depolarization ratios) and indirectly inferred properties (e.g., profiles of light-absorption and single-scattering albedo), aerosol type (e.g. dust, maritime, fire smoke, urban haze), and microphysical properties (e.g., volume and surface concentrations, size distribution parameters, refractive index). Observations will be made with sufficient coverage, resolution, and accuracy to establish a comprehensive aerosol climatology, to evaluate model performance, to assist and complement space-borne observations, and to provide input to forecast models of "chemical weather".

GALION is based on the cooperation between existing lidar networks (ALINE, AD-Net, CIS-LINET, CORALNet, EARLINET, NDACC, REALM/CREST, and MPLNET).

The second GALION workshop will be co-located with the EARLINET-ASOS Symposium and the 10th Anniversary Celebration of EARLINET (20 September 2010). GALION is pleased to have the sponsorship of WMO, ESA, NASA, IMAA/CNR and UMBC for this meeting. Limited travel support is available to personnel representing GALION networks or GAW Partners. Contact the organizers at the email addresses below to request travel support (deadline: June 30, 2010).

Contacts:

Dr. L.A. Barrie (lbarrie@wmo.int)
Dr. Liisa Jalkanen (ljalkanen@wmo.int)
Dr Slobodan Nickovic (snickovic@wmo.int)

GALION Co-chairs:

Dr. Gelsomina Pappalardo (pappalardo@imaa.cnr.it)
Dr. Raymond Hoff (hoff@umbc.edu)

Final Agenda (with links to papers presented)

List of Attendees


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June 1, 2010

About GALION

OBJECTIVE

The Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) aerosol programme (GAW, 2007) strives "to determine the spatio-temporal distribution of aerosol properties related to climate forcing and air quality up to multidecadal time scales". The specific objective of the GAW Aerosol Lidar Observation Network (GALION) is to provide the vertical component of this distribution through advanced laser remote sensing in a network of ground-based stations. The aerosol properties to be observed include the identification of aerosol layers, profiles of optical properties with known and specified precision (backscatter and extinction coefficients at selected wavelengths, lidar ratio, Ångström coefficients), aerosol type (e.g. dust, maritime, fire smoke, urban haze), and microphysical properties (e.g., volume and surface concentrations, size distribution parameters, refractive index). Observations will be made with sufficient coverage, resolution, and accuracy to establish comprehensive aerosol climatology, to evaluate model performance, to assist and
complement space-borne observations, and to provide input to forecast models of "chemical weather".

THE RATIONALE FOR GROUND-BASED AEROSOL PROFILING

All main long-term objectives of GAW, as stated in the WMO Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) Strategic Plan: 2008-2015 (GAW, 2007), are related to the 4-dimensional space-time distribution of aerosols, with different demands on measurement characteristics:


  1. Detection of long-term man-made trends in the concentration of greenhouse gases and aerosols related to climate change above natural variability; (requires a long-term climatology for aerosols including the vertical distribution for identification of sources and impact on radiation as well as cloud formation)

  2. Better environmental assessments related to climate, air quality, ozone depletion and the long-range transport of pollution between regions; (aerosols in elevated layers are excellent tracers for long range transport of pollution)

  3. Better quantification of pollution sources and their atmospheric pathways to sensitive downwind receptors; (significant long-range transport occurs at elevated layers, precise arrival heights are needed to trace substances back to the source)

  4. Reliable global concentration fields of selected chemical variables and aerosols at various altitudes for the study of outstanding problems in atmospheric chemistry;(advanced profiling is needed at a number of anchor stations to support and improve space-borne observations)

  5. Better prediction of UV intensities at the Earth's surface both in populated and remote regions; (aerosols have a significant impact on UV radiation, radiative transfer calculations require the vertical distribution of constituents)

  6. Direct observation of plumes from major events such as forest fires, dust storms and volcanic eruptions; (these plumes are associated with characteristic aerosol emissions, large parts of the plumes are within elevated layers)

  7. Improved regional forecasts of both weather and air quality, and to provide forecasts in regions where these are unobtainable at the moment; (understanding transport of pollutants at elevated layers and down mixing into the boundary layer is essential for air quality forecasts, aerosols are among the most important pollutants and are excellent tracers for other components).



In view of these objectives the present observations of the vertical distribution of aerosols are far from adequate. While within GAW an observing network for aerosol properties at ground level is well established and a programme has been initiated for the coordination of sun-photometer networks (GAW, 2005) measuring column integrated aerosol optical properties, the vertical component is not yet covered. The implementation principles of the GAW strategic plan recommend filling gaps like this by "working with the GAW observational community and Contributing Partners that have substantive networks to complete the global network, and improve collaboration between National Hydrological and Meteorological Services, environmental agencies and research organizations in filling gaps in GAW networks and projects." It is the mission of GALION to organize such observational capability for the 4-dimensional distribution of key aerosol parameters.

Background Literature:

GAW (2003) WMO/GAW Aerosol Measurement procedures guidelines and recommendations (GAW Report 153)

GAW (2004) The Integrated Global Atmospheric Chemistry Observations (IGACO) Report of IGOS-WMO-ESA (September 2004) (GAW Report 159)

GAW (2005) WMO/GAW Experts Workshop on a Global Surface-based Network for Long Term Observations of Column Aerosol Optical Properties (Davos, Switzerland, 8-10 March 2004) (GAW Report 162) , 152 pp, November 2005.

GAW (2007) WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Strategic Plan: 2008 - 2015 (GAW Report 172

GAW (2008) Plan for the implementation of the GAW Aerosol Lidar Observation Network GALION (Hamburg, Germany, 27-29 March 2007) (WMO TD No. 1443, GAW Report 178), 52 pgs, November 2008.

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