Remote Sensing of Aerosols and Clouds

The Remote Sensing of Aerosols and Clouds group consists of experts in remote sensing of aerosols and clouds, ultraviolet radiation and aerosols, and cryosphere-atmosphere interactions. The research professor of the group is prof. Gerrit de Leeuw and the group leader is Dr. Outi Meinander.




The Remote Sensing of Aerosols and Clouds scientists develop algorithms for the retrieval of aerosol and cloud properties, and surface reflectance, using data measured by radiometers on board satellites, in particular AATSR aboard ENVISAT and ATSR-2 aboard ERS-2. Results from these and other instruments (e.g., MERIS, MODIS, OMI and in the future SLSTR, OLCI, TROPOMI) are used in studies on the effects of aerosols on the Earth radiation balance, air quality, the occurrence of volcanic ash and on emissions of aerosols and their precursor gases. Together with satellite-retrieved cloud information the aerosol data are used in aerosol-cloud interaction studies and their effect on climate.

Ground-based  measurements are made for validation of satellite products of aerosols and ozone. The group has a strong expertise on measurements of ozone column concentrations and UV radiation, including Arctic and Antarctic research. The UV research includes also effects of UV radiation on material aging, health, plant growth and planning of build environment.

The co-operative research on atmosphere-cryosphere interactions include surface albedo measurements and effects of deposition of dust, and black carbon and organic carbon aerosols on snow properties.

The experts of the group

Remote Sensing of Aerosols and Clouds

Professor Gerrit de Leeuw, visiting professor Universities of Sunderland (UK), Leeds (UK) (1980-2007) and RADI (Beijing, China; 2016-2020). Since 2007, full time professor in the field of Satellite Remote Sensing of Aerosol Physical and Optical Properties at the University of Helsinki (until 12/2016) and at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)

Doc. Larisa Sogacheva, docent at the University of Eastern Finland with the subject "Remote sensing of aerosols and clouds", member of FCoE ATM of the Academy of Finland

Dr. Pekka Kolmonen, PhD (in physics) from the University of Kuopio

Dr. Edith Rodriguez, PhD from the University of Valladolid, Spain, member of FCoE ATM of the Academy of Finland

Dr. Timo Virtanen, PhD (in theoretical physics) from the University of Oulu, member of FCoE ATM of the Academy of Finland 

PhD student Giulia Saponaro, PhD student at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, member of FCoE ATM of the Academy of Finland

 

Ultraviolet radiation

Dr. Anu Heikkilä, PhD (in physics) from the University of Helsinki, Finland; member of World Meteorological Organization WMO UV SAG and member of United Nations Environment Program UNEP EEAP, responsible scientist of Kumpula Brewer spectroradiometer

Dr. Kaisa Lakkala, PhD (in meteorology) from the University of Helsinki; chair of the Nordic Ozone Group (NOG), responsible scientist of  Sodankylä Brewer spectroradiometer and Marambio GUV radiometer

 

In situ aerosol measurements

Dr. Edith Rodriguez, PhD from the University of Valladolid, Spain; member of FCoE ATM of the Academy of Finland

PhD student Veijo Aaltonen, PhD student at the University of Helsinki, Department of Physics, member of FCoE ATM of the Academy of Finland
 

Cryosphere-atmosphere interactions

Dr. Outi Meinander, Group leader, PhD (in env.sci.) of the University of Helsinki, Finland (Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences, ATM-DP);  coordinator of the FMI Snow team and Finland100 Pyry-seminar in 2017; member of NABCEA (Novel Assessment of Black Carbon in the Eurasian Arctic, 2016-2020); Fellow and member of NCoE TRI CRAICC (Cryosphere-atmosphere interactions in a changing Arctic climate, 2012-2017); member of FCoE ATM of the Academy of Finland

 

Visiting scientists in our group:

2017: PhD student Neus Sabater Medina, University of Valencia, Image Processing Laboratory (LPI), Valencia, Spain

 

Last updated: 22 August 2017 by Kaisa Lakkala

22.8.2017

The experts of the group

Remote Sensing of Aerosols and Clouds

Professor Gerrit de Leeuw, Doc. Larisa Sogacheva, Dr. Pekka Kolmonen, Dr. Edith Rodriguez, Dr. Timo Virtanen, PhD student Giulia Saponaro

Ultraviolet radiation

Dr. Anu Heikkilä (Helsinki) and Dr. Kaisa Lakkala (Rovaniemi/Sodankylä)

In situ aerosol measurements

Dr. Edith Rodriguez and PhD student Veijo Aaltonen

Cryosphere-atmosphere interactions

Dr. Outi Meinander

e-mail: firstname.lastname@fmi.fi

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WMO UV SAG and UNEP EEAP

Dr. Anu Heikkilä is member of the WMO UV SAG and UNEP EEAP.

Academy of Finland CoE ATM

Our group includes six scientists who are members of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Atmospheric Science - From Molecular and Biological processes to The Global Climate (CoE ATM).

Nordic Ozone Group

Dr. Kaisa Lakkala is the chair of the Nordic Ozone Group (NOG).