2017 was an intensive year for my research activity focused on validating the aerosol height retrieval using neural networks (NN), and improving the aerosol correction in tropospheric NO2 determination. Both from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) satellite. What was new in 2017?:
- our paper on the design of the OMI aerosol layer height (ALH) NN algorithm was published here
- the next paper on its evaluation on specific cases was submitted and is currently under review
- I am happy to have co-authored the work of Proestakis et al., on a new desert dust aerosol climatology dataset over Asia from 9-year CALIOP observations here
- I had the opportunity to share the outcome of our activities at 5 conferences and seminars here
- we attended the successful launch of TROPOMI on-board Sentinel-5 Precursor and the first impressive trace gas and aerosol images here
- we are preparing a new and last paper on the improved aerosol correction when retrieving tropospheric NO2 from OMI.
I have enjoyed a great collaboration and success with the Geoscience & Remote Sensing (GRS) department, at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI). But time has come to move forward, and 2018 (and the next years) will be devoted to another satellite mission, in a new country.
Still in science, with a keen eye on atmospheric composition observations from satellites of course!
I am very glad to join the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), based in Darmstadt Germany, and to join the scientists and groups working on the development of the atmospheric products (aerosols, fires, H2O, etc…) from the Copernicus Sentinel-3 space-borne mission. If you are interested by this topic, stay tuned and keep following this blog and my twitter account. I will continue sharing exciting findings, news, maps, etc…
Of course, I will still keep a very interested eye on all the other satellite observations (in particular TROPOMI) and groups working on similar topics. I take the opportunity to emphasise how honoured and enthusiastic I am to have worked during 4 years with KNMI and GRS – TU Delft. In particular, I am very grateful to my Promotors Prof. Dr. Pieternel Levelt, Dr. Pepijn Veefkind and Dr. Tim Vlemmix. I do not forget all my colleagues and friends who closely or remotely shared this journey!
Last but not least, 2018 should witness the awarding of my PhD doctoral degree, related to my OMI, aerosol and NO2 research work, from TU Delft and KNMI. Gotten curious about the book to be published in the next months? Here just an illustration of the expected cover (thanks to my friend Remi Charton for his design talents!). Stay tuned!