by Robert Banks, Lukas Pfitzenmaier, Lev Labzovsky, Stefanos Samaras, Ioannis Binietoglou


[Update 15.06.2015 Congratulations! Lukas Pfitzenmaier got the Outstanding Student Posters Award by EGU for his poster "Effect of cloud microphysics on particle growth under mixed phase conditions".]

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2015 is one of the most important conferences in geosciences in Europe. It took place in Vienna, Austria, from the 12th to 17th of April, 2015, and attracted more than 11000 scientists from 108 countries. Naturally, five ITaRS fellows participated and had the chance to present their work and learn from the conference’s wide variety of topics.

Specifically, Robert Banks presented his work on the performance of PBL parametrization schemes from the Weather Research and Forecasting model in a poster presentation, “Sensitivity of boundary layer variables to WRF model PBL schemes during the 2014 Athens HygrA-CD campaign”, during the session on numerical weather prediction, data assimilation and ensemble forecasting. The study made use of lidar, surface meteorological, and radiosonde data to evaluate eight schemes.

Lukas Pfitzenmaier presented his work about ice particle growth processes within mixed-phase clouds. The work was the first based on the ACCEPT campaign data. His poster deals with a new correction for Radar Doppler spectra for dynamical effects. In the future this correction will help to understand ice particle growth under mixed-phase conditions better.

Lev Labzovsky gave a talk about his work on the evaluation of the WRF model-simulated humidity profiles against lidar measurements from the HygrA-CD campaign. Stefanos Samaras presented his latest research in a poster headed “Microphysical aerosol parameters of spheroidal particles via regularized inversion of lidar data”. Furthermore, Ioannis Binietoglou presented a poster titled “A cloud masking algorithm for EARLINET lidar systems” in the Lidar and Applications session in the Atmospheric Sciences Programme Group.

Additionally, the fellows had the chance to discuss their work with several colleagues and to meet in ITaRS training and networking events. ITaRS affiliated scientists Slobodan Nickovic, Athanasios Nenes, Axel Seifert and Bjorn Stevens were also present in Vienna allowing the fellows to connect with a wider scientific community.

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