EGU2020-18368, updated on 17 Jan 2023
EGU General Assembly 2020
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EARLINET/ACTRIS Early Warning System for atmospheric aerosol aviation hazards

Nikolaos Papagiannopoulos1, Vassilis Amiridis2, Aldo Amodeo1, Sara Barsotti3, Giuseppe D'Amico1, Anna Gialitaki2, Anna Kampouri2, Giuseppe Leto4, Michelle Maree Parks3, Simona Scollo5, Stavros Solomos2, and Lucia Mona1
Nikolaos Papagiannopoulos et al.
  • 1Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale (CNR-IMAA), Tito Scalo zona industriale (Potenza), Italy (
  • 2Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS), National Observatory of Athens, Athens, Greece
  • 3Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO), Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 4Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, Catania, Italy
  • 5Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) - Osservatorio Etneo, Catania, Italy

Volcanic eruptions have the capacity to significantly impact human life, consequently, tools for mitigating them are of high importance. The early detection of a potentially hazardous volcanic eruption and the issuance of early warnings concerning volcanic hazards (e.g. ash dispersal), are key elements in the initiation of operational response procedures. Historically, lidars have not typically played a key operational role during volcanic eruptions, with other remote sensing instruments such as radars, infrared and ultraviolet cameras being preferred. Recently, a tailored product of the European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET) for the early warning of the presence of volcanic ash and desert dust plumes at cruising altitudes has been developed. Here, we extend the applicability of this methodology to lidars and ceilometers near active volcanoes in Iceland and Mt. Etna in Italy. The tailored methodology and selected case studies will be presented, demonstrating its potential for real-time application during volcanic eruptions.

Acknowledgements: This work has been conducted within the framework of the E-shape (Grant Agreement n. 820852) and EUNADICS-AV (Grant agreement no. 723986) H2020 projects. Furthermore, the authors acknowledge the ACTRIS-2 and ACTRIS Preparatory Phase projects that have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 654109) and from European Union’s Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action (grant agreement No. 739530), respectively.

How to cite: Papagiannopoulos, N., Amiridis, V., Amodeo, A., Barsotti, S., D'Amico, G., Gialitaki, A., Kampouri, A., Leto, G., Parks, M. M., Scollo, S., Solomos, S., and Mona, L.: EARLINET/ACTRIS Early Warning System for atmospheric aerosol aviation hazards, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-18368,, 2020.