Mar 252015

The fellows from the ITaRS network met between March 18th-20th 2015 in Barcelona, at UPC (Universitat Politècnica 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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Oct 232014

In July this year ATMOS group attended the 14th Conference on Cloud Physics and 14th Conference on Atmospheric Radiation which were held together in Boston. The conference is organised by the American Meteorological Society every 3 years. It is one of the biggest conferences in Cloud Physics and Radiation field.

We were presenting two posters:

  1. How Can We Use Lidar And Radar To Monitor Aerosol-Cloud Interaction? presented by Karolina Sarna
  2. The satellite observation of drizzle in Stratocumulus clouds presented by Igor Stepanov

If you are interested in the recordings from the Conference or Extended Abstracts, have a look here:


Oct 282013

One of the goal of the RAINGAIN PROJECT is to obtain high resolution weather and improve urban hydrology models to better manage flash flood events over urbanized cities. Four populated cities, London, Leuven, Paris, and Rotterdam were chosen to conduct initial planning and research.  In Rotterdam, a Doppler X-band radar with polarimetric capabilities will be installed in January 2014 on top of the Nationale Nederlanden office building at the Delftse Poort twin-tower skyscraper complex.

The 1st RAINGAIN conference paper from TUDelft was submitted for the 36th AMS Radar Meteorology Conference held in Colorado, USA:

More information about the RAINGAIN project can be found at:

More updates coming soon.

Oct 142013

Our 3rd year PhD student Igor Stepanov gave a talk at the Interdisciplinary Conference of Young Earth System Scientists, in Hamburg, Germany, 22-25th of September 2013. He presented his PhD project: Impact of drizzle on cloud lifetime, within the innovative session, “Pecha Kucha” talk, in which 20 slides is shown, 20 seconds each. This method has gained popularity worldwide to communicate concise information to a broad audience. See for more examples of this entertaining and clear way of presenting.

The focus of the conference was on Understanding and Intepreting Uncertainties. Innovative, experimental methods of giving presentationg were introduced, such as 3 minute poster pitch, twin talk, non-linear presentation, Pecha Kucha and Touchless Wireless. This made following the talks incredibly fun, but also the presenters seem to have enjoyed themselves while trying to be punctual when, for example slides change automatically every 20 seconds, as in Pecha Kucha talk,

3 keynote talks were given by Eli Tziperman (Harvard, US), Richard Tol (University of Sussex, UK) and Joyeeta Gupta (University of Amsterdam, NL). They were heavily focused on details on how IPCC repots are produced and the fascinating 30 year history of how this repots came to be, by prof. Gupta.

A follow up conference of the ICYESS has been scheduled in a year from now in Bremen, Germany. Again the key participants will be young researchers, master and PhD students and PostDocs with attempts to break and improve the standards in conferences structure once again.

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

Jul 192013







The Gordon Research Seminar and Conference: Radiation and Climate took place at the Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH, near Boston, 5-12th of July, 2013. It brought together the atmospheric modeling and observing community from all over the world. Our PhD student Igor Stepanov attended with a poster presentation titled: Cloud lifetime and feedback observations. Practical conference with a lot of dedicated time for discussions, which went into overtime during the meal hours as well, thanks to the kitchen chef skills that kept us asking for more.

Try to find our PhD student on the conference participants family picture near the right hand side in the 4th row from the bottom.

Feb 202013

Group of all participants at the ITaRS start up work shop, 12-15.02.2013, Athens

From 13th till 15th February, the start-up workshop of the ITaRS (Initial Training for Atmospheric Remote Sensing) occured in Athens. At the workshop, 11 PhDs from different universities that were selected for this Marie Curie projects gathered together with their supervisors and representatives of the private sector companies. From the ATMOS group, Herman Russchenberg (standing in the middle in the back) and the PhD candidate Lukas Pfitzenmaier (sitting in the 3rd column in the middle) were participating. The focus of the workshop was about giving an overview on the different research topics of the fellows and network building.

The next official meeting of the ITaRS project will be during the first summer school in Bucharest end of September 2013. There, four post-docs will complete the group of the fellows. If your are interested in one of the post-doc positions check the ITaRS website . The application process is open till end of February!

Jul 252012

Next week (30.07-03.08), ATMOS group will be attending the 16th International Conference on Clouds and Precipitation in Leipzig, Germany (ICCP2012)! We are presenting two posters on Monday and Wednesday within the sessions of: Basic cloud and precipitation physics and Convective clouds (including cloud electrification), by our researchers Igor Stepanov and Yann Dufournet.

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Apart from the our scientific focus, we are eager to get acquainted with all of the ongoing clouds and precipitation related research! See you there!

Mar 012012

The ATMOS group will participate and present its latest scientific results at the following conferences:

  • 2012 IEEE GOLD Remote Sensing Conference,
    4-5 June, 2012, Rome, Italy, > Conference Website

  • 7th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology,
    24-29 June, 2012, Toulouse, France, > Conference Website

  • 16th International Conference on Clouds and Precipitation,
    30 July – 3 August, 2012, Leipzig, Germany, > Conference Website

  • International Radiation Symposium,
    6-10 August, 2012, Berlin, Germany, > Conference Website

  • 9th International Symposium on Tropospheric Profiling (ISTP),
    3-7 September, 2012, L’Aquila, Italy, > Conference Website

  • European Microwave Week EuMW 2012,
    28 October Р2 November, 2012, Amsterdam, Netherlands,  > Conference Website

We hope to meet you there!

Jun 282011

The installation of compact X-band weather radars becomes increasingly popular as such
radars deliver rainfall rate information in a very high spatial and temporal detail which
are required for applications such as the monitoring of rainfall in urban areas or water
catchment hydrology.

However, X-band weather radar observations pose challenges which makes the seamless application of methods and algorithms developed for S- and C-band disputable.

Find all the information concerning this workshop that is organised by TU Delft’s ATMOS group at the workshop website.