4 October 2017 Strategic positioning of the ERATOSTHENES Research Centre for atmospheric remote sensing research in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region
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The aim of this article is to present the importance of a permanent state-of-the-art atmospheric remote sensing ground based station in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME). The ERATOSTHENES Research Centre (ERC) with the vision to become a Centre of Excellence for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment (EXCELSIOR H2020: Teaming project) already operates (within Phase 1) a fully established EARLINETt-Cloudnet supersite at Limassol, Cyprus, for a period of 2 years, in close collaboration with the German Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), The scientific aspects of this prototype-like field campaign CyCARE (Cyprus Cloud Aerosol and Rain Experiment) - a common initiative between the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), Limassol and TROPOS- are presented in this paper. Cy-CARE has been designed by TROPOS and CUT to fill a gap in the understanding of aerosol-cloud interaction in one of the key regions of climate change and how precipitation formation is influenced by varying aerosol/pollution and meteorological conditions The guiding questions are: How may rain patterns change in future and what may be the consequences of climate change in arid regions such as EMME. EXCELSIOR is a team effort between CUT (acting as the coordinator), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), TROPOS and the Cyprus Department of Electronic Communications of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works (DEC-MTCW) who will work together to improve the network structures significantly, resulting in Cyprus being regarded as a cornerstone of a European Network of active remote sensing of the atmosphere.
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Rodanthi-Elisavet Mamouri , Rodanthi-Elisavet Mamouri , Albert Ansmann, Albert Ansmann, Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis, Argyro Nisantzi, Argyro Nisantzi, Johannes Bühl, Johannes Bühl, Silas Michaelides, Silas Michaelides, Patric Seifert, Patric Seifert, Ronny Engelmann, Ronny Engelmann, Ulla Wandinger, Ulla Wandinger, Charalampos Kontoes, Charalampos Kontoes, Gunter Schreier, Gunter Schreier, Georgios Komodromos, Georgios Komodromos, Kyriacos Themistocleous, Kyriacos Themistocleous, } "Strategic positioning of the ERATOSTHENES Research Centre for atmospheric remote sensing research in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region", Proc. SPIE 10429, Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing XIII, 1042906 (4 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2281777; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2281777


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