Mar 252015

The fellows from the ITaRS network met between March 18th-20th 2015 in Barcelona, at UPC (Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya).


The two first days were dedicated on a course about writing skills. Two lecturers from WAS gave us tips and advice to understand better the process of writing a scientific paper. The fellows had to prepare an abstract for a possible article in order to receive direct feedback to improve the understandability of this short text. The interactivity of the lectures made them very interesting. Important to mention is the powerful impact these advice can have on our future scientific publications.

The last day was consecrated to data assimilation. Two researchers from ECMWF (Reading, UK) came to introduce this concept. They explained how observations are useful and important in order to increase the predictability of the weather forecasts. The lectures were very interesting and the quality of their content was at very high scientific level.

MareNostrum3_supercomputer_UPCvisit of supercomputer UPC

We got the chance to visit some of the installations of UPC. We visited the building which houses the impressive supercomputer called MareNostrum (1 petaflop of speed!). The funny fact comes from the original use of this building: it was indeed a former chapel as you can see on the picture.

Finally, it was good to see again all the fellows. We managed to find time to discuss and speak about questions related to ITaRS. We also enjoyed a bit of the nice life of this pretty city.
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Mar 142015

On Wednesday 29th October 2014 was the official kick-off meeting of Waterlab which took place in the Science Center of TU Delft (link1, link2). Almost 300 pupils from primary schools of Delft had a first hint about science and rain measurements.

Currently, four primary schools in Delft area are involved in the project. The teachers and pupils measure local precipitations with handmade raingauges and compile all measurements to a dedicated website called MijnWaterlab. Besides these observations, rainfall intensities are also measured continuously since September 2014 with weather stations located in each of these schools (see picture on the right) in order to have a better idea about the variability of precipitation at the scale of a city. Easy comparisons can be made between each dataset.
On the other hand, in the upcoming weeks, students from secondary schools from Delft will integrate the project and the roof of these lyceums will be equipped with a station for measuring rainfalls. The students there will have to deal with scientific projects in relation with the analysis of these observations.


Since today, another weather station is also located in the Science Center to continue with the densification of the network of stations in Delft. The particularity of this station is that the data are collected automatically via wired internet connection with the use of a RaspberryPi-based system (see picture on the right) that was under development during the last months.
A quasi-similar configuration (using 3G wireless internet connection) will be applied very soon to the stations installed in schools (currently a visit to each school is needed to manually collect the data).

Sep 242014

From 8th to 17th September 2014, the 2nd Summer School of the ITaRS community took place in the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK) at the Research Center of J├╝lich (Germany). Dimitra, Edouard and Lukas participated to the summer school.

We had the opportunity to meet academia and industrial experts of the clouds and precipitation remote sensing community. The lectures were very interesting and led to fruitful discussions between fellows and all the invited partners.

Besides attending the lectures, we also worked on challenging team projects by using measurements from the instruments of the ground-based JOYCE station. Lukas’s team won the right to take part to the upcoming TOPROF workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark (18-20 November 2014).

It was very nice to see again all the fellows. Once we spent a nice evening in beautiful Cologne. The summer school was also about sports: we played once a football match and we were cycling every morning and every evening between our hotel downtown and the research center.

Apr 092014

On March 27th started the WaterLab Delft project.


This project is a collaboration between different organizations:
Gemeente Delft and Gemeente Rotterdam,
HH van Delfland and HH van Schieland en de Krimpenerwaard,
Unie van Waterschappen,
Hogeschool Rotterdam,
UNESCO-Institute for Water Education,
TNO, Deltares and TU Delft.

It consists in a better understanding of the water cycle in urban areas. It involves specialists of the water cycle and of the atmosphere and also students/pupils. It implies education and improvement of knowledge.

Edouard Martins from our group is currently working with three TU Delft students (David Kester, Ingo Schilken, Tim Gebraad). Their current work is to deal with the calibration of sensors mounted on several weather stations for a better accuracy of meteorological parameters (temperature, pressure, humidity, rain, wind, radiation) and for a better assessment of the impact of urban features (buildings, trees) in the measurement of these quantities.

The next step is to deploy several calibrated weather stations in high schools located in Rotterdam and Delft to have a better representation of the variability of these meteorological parameters in the urban areas of South Holland.

You can find more information in the official webpage of the project (in dutch).

More updates and pictures will come soon.

Oct 102013

From 23th September to 4 October 2013, the first Summer School of the ITaRS network took place in Bucharest, Romania. 11 PhDs and 2 Post-docs of the current ITaRS community met with other master and PhD students in INOE in Magurele, 8km South from Bucharest. 2 of our members (Lukas Pfitzenmaier and Edouard Martins) took part to this Summer School.


Presentation of the depolarisation lidarParticipants had the possibility to interact with experts in aerosol remote sensing techniques (lecturers were researchers and industrial partners) and spent some time doing hands-on training with a depolarisation lidar and had access to observations to other instruments in order to study multi-instrumental synergies (sun photometer, mass spectrometers, microwave radiometers, etc).






Lukas presented his PhD topic and preliminary results. Edouard just started and showed a poster done during his last job and introduced the main tasks of his current position. This summer school was a first way to all ITaRS fellows to start and settle collaborations between them and also with all other ITaRS partners (institutes, companies) by the way of planned secondments.

Group picture