Researcher visits Colombia and France to extend observatory Lidar-CEFOP work results

PhD. Elena Montilla, who is the Lidar-CEFOP Observatory responsible researcher, traveled in order to present the results of her work and find new partners in the area.

Doctors Elena Montilla and Omar TorresBetween October 22 and 26, Elena Montilla, PhD., attended the Fourth National Congress of Physical Engineering, in Colombia, where she presented the talk named “Active Remote Sensing and Applications in Atmospheric Optics”. The event took place at Universidad de Cauca, located in Popayan city, and it was organized by that university and the Colombian Society of Physics Engineering.

The researcher emphasized that the goal of collaborating with the meeting was “to show to Colombian Engineering Physics students, different applications that exist and prospects of future lines of work”, being Montilla herself, a Physics Engineer who obtained her degree at the organizing university.

Her participation was very welcome by the nearly 350 attendees. One of them was Omar Torres, PhD., who currently works at NASA in the study of aerosol with measurement data obtained from satellites.. “Torres, PhD., works with a complementary technique to the information obtained by Lidar’s. And indeed, one of the following objectives of Lidar-CEFOP Observatory is working on that kind of measures, so we left open the option of working with his research group”, Montilla said.

Elena Montilla in her presentation at ACTRIS Workshop Furthermore, in order to strengthen cooperation across the Americas, Montilla visited France between October 28 and 31, invited by ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure Network) as a representative of the Latin American Lidar Network (Lalinet). It was an international workshop to promote new activities and strengthen cooperation between Japanese, Latin American and European Lidar networks.

At the Laboratoire d’Optique in Atmosphérique (CNRS-LOA), at the Université de Lille, France, the researcher participated in workshops organized by ACTRIS, which aim to provide observational Lidar data at long term and with high quality. “These results will be used in climate study and air quality on a regional scale. I also did an oral presentation about Lidar- CEFOP Observatory, sharing our experiences, projections and developed scientific techniques”, she said.

Montilla evaluated as a real success her pass through France, where she presented her work to several research groups. “Different initiatives to strengthen scientific collaboration with the TROPOS Institute in Germany, with CEAMA center from Universidad de Granada (Spain) and the Institute of Meteorology, from Universität München (Germany), emerged during the workshop, as well as with the Micro-Touch NASA Lidar network” she explained.

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