LIDAR researchers present preliminary findings at the 26th International Laser Radar Conference

The 26th version of the ILRC, held in Greece, brought together scientists from around the world working in areas related to the LIDAR technique.

Dr. Elena Montilla and Antonieta Silva, postgraduate student, both from CEFOP, attended the ILRC conference where they deepened their knowledge of areas mainly related to tropospheric aerosol LIDAR observation, and they also presented the preliminary results of their work. “At the end of the conference we got the satisfaction and the highlighted interest of German, French, and American scientists, among other nationalities, when they learned about the possibilities of participation in the LIDAR workshop that is going to take place in 2013,” Antonieta Silva said.

The choice of CEFOP as organizer of the next workshop on LIDAR Measurements in Latin America (WLMLA), was made last year during the latest version, held in La Paz, Bolivia. The workshop will be held at the end of 2013 in Pucon, and is expected to involve all the members of the Latin American network. In addition to the researchers’ talks, they also obtained the support of corporate sponsors for the realization of the WLMLA in Chile, as many guests are also expected from the United States and Europe.

According to Antonieta Silva, the most valued aspects during the trip were learning more about techniques through applications; participating with internationally recognized researchers; observing the interest and collaboration of established researchers towards  younger researchers; and the level of progress in work carried out in Latin America.

After the Conference, the researchers of the Latin American LIDAR network – in which Dr. Montilla and Antonieta Silva also participate – spread information on the network and the biannual workshops carried out in this region of the world.

The researchers also got to know the work of other groups, such as that conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Dimitris Balís, in Thessaloniki, as well as the participation of Dr. Elena Montilla in a campaign of LIDAR measurements of the European network EARLINET, with the Remote Sensing Group of the  Laboratory of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona.

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