by Pilar Gumà-Claramunt

In the last ITaRS Summer School on “Clouds and Precipitation: Observation and Processes”, which was held in the Jülich Research Center (Germany), the group working on the topic “When does a cloud form?” was selected as the one that made the best work in such a short period of time. The name of the group was “The Transformers” and their members were Elisa Adirosi (CNR-ISAC, Rome, Italy), Pilar Gumà-Claramunt (CNR-IMAA, Potenza, Italy), Lukas Pfitzenmaier (TU Delft, The Netherlands), Stefanos Samaras (University of Potsdam, Germany) and Veronika Wolf (DWD, Lindenberg, Germany).


The Transformers were awarded with the possibility to attend the meeting of TOPROF, the acronym of a COST Action standing for “Towards operational ground based profiling with ceilometers, Doppler lidars and microwave radiometers for improving weather forecasts”, which was held in the DTU Risø Campus in Roskilde, Denmark.

There, the students presented the ITaRS project, the work they did during the Summer School, the Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer (AERI) instrument and their individual research projects. Furthermore, they attended many interesting talks, participated in the working groups meetings (ceilometers [WG1], Doppler lidars [WG2], Microwave radiometers [WG3] and/or Data assimilation [WG4]) and had the opportunity to discuss with experts in Remote Sensing of the atmosphere.

Finally, the three ITaRS students stayed one day after the meeting to visit Copenhagen.

Transformers in CopenhagenITARS in Copenhagen

We would like to thank ITaRS and TOPROF for the opportunity of attending this interesting experience.