Convective and Volcanic Clouds (CVC) detecting, monitoring and modeling
Nicolosi, 5-13 October 2024

Grant(s) available!!

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This training school is supported and organized by researchers of CIMA Foundation, the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR).

Attending the school you will get an overview of the state of the art techniques and methods for detecting and monitoring the volcanic and convective clouds, you will know the different instruments and platforms allowing us to get the best performance in detecting such kind of clouds, you will be projected to the future learning about new missions planned for solving the main issues on these fields, you will be involved in real applications as early warming systems and modeling, you will directly analize the data.

The school topics will range from satellite instruments such as IR sensors or GPS radio occultations to aircraft measuremtents like lidar and radar, from study of ash and SO2 clouds to tropical cyclones, mediterranean hurricanes, land and maritime convection.

The purpose of the School is to train students with primary research interest in techniques allowing to detect, monitor, and model convective and volcanic clouds, to gain knowledge of the instruments and satellite missions (present and future) and to be able to support such kind of studies. The double aim is to create a school managed by young scientists already well established and recognized in their respective fields for young scientists willing to reinforce or develop their knowledge on atmospheric extreme events detection and monitoring for supporting policy makers, early warning systems and aviation safety.

The extreme atmospheric event cloud detection is a high multidisciplinary and challenging topic since the same techniques and instruments can be used for meteorology, volcanic monitoring, atmospheric physics and climate purposes. Within all these fields there are still many unsolved issues making this school fundamental for creating a new generation of scientists able to use the synergy of several different instruments and techniques. The air transportation became fundamental in the last decades for the world economy and social life, and volcanic or convective events can affect the regular management and operation creating large economic losses. This training school will support creating a new generation of scientists specialized in the detection and monitoring of atmospheric extreme events guaranteeing the safety of the citizens. Most of the young researchers are usually focused in a single subject (e.g. convection or volcanic eruption) and they are not in touch with final users to get their feedback, this school will be the occasion for broadening their horizons and for creating useful connections. We expect scientists and final users (such as pilots or early warning system technicians) to meet during this course for discussing about common goals and for teaching each other how to improve their work toward a proficient collaboration.

Each topic includes keynote plenary lectures with in-depth discussion. The school will consist of lectures combined with the practical application of the material covered in the lectures through introductory lab sessions and a set of research problems that will form the core of the School.

Through the introductory keynotes invited lectures, the students will be introduced to all the issues and challenges of the convective and volcanic cloud detection, monitoring and modeling, gaining an overview of the state of the art and the future development.

All the participants to the CVC 2023 are expected to give a short talk or to present a poster about their own research; the selection of the talks will be done through evaluation process as in a regular conference.

The students will leave the school with an increased understanding of the cutting-edge research questions and with the perspective of creating some future projects in this field also thanks to the network created during the school with the lecturers and other students.

Keynote Lecturers

G. Grainger (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Dorinel Visoiu (ROMATSA, Romania)
Marcello Miglietta (University of Bari, Italy)


Riccardo Biondi (CIMA Foundation, Italy)
Tatjana Bolic (University of Westminster, UK)
Hugues Brenot (BIRA, Belgium)
Alejandro Cervantes (University de la Rioja, Spain)
Stefano Corradini (INGV, Italy)
Lorenzo Guerrieri (INGV, Italy)
Mario Montopoli (ISAC-CNR, Italy)
Antonio Parodi (CIMA Foundation, Italy)
Federica Pardini (INGV, Italy)
Matteo Picchiani (Italian Space Agency, Italy)
Giuseppe Salerno (INGV, Italy)
Simona Scollo (INGV, Italy)
Martin Setvak (CHMI, Czech Republic)
Cecilia Tirelli (IFAC-CNR, Italy)
Mark Woodhouse (University of Bristol, UK)

Organizing committee

Riccardo Biondi (CIMA Foundation, Italy)
Stefano Corradini (INGV, Italy)
Cecilia Tirelli (IFAC-CNR, Italy)

Registration deadline 30 May 2024.

School fee
Registration fee 780€, including teaching material, icebreaker, coffee breaks, lunches, social dinner, measurement campaign, and excursion to the Etna’s summit central craters.

The grant will cover the full board participation (registration, accommodation, meals included into the registration fee, measurements campaign and excursion).
The grant will not cover the travel expenses to/from Nicolosi.
If you can’t cover the travel expenses with additional funding we can provide a grant to attend the online school. Please carefully choose the format you are able to attend in order not to affect the possible participation of other scientists.
The priority is given to scientists resident in least developed countries ( and, at a second stage, to the developing countries (
The deadline for application is the 15th of March 2024
To apply you must:
1) first register to the school
2) then request the grant via this form

Excursion in 2024
– Excursion to the Etna’s summit central craters with a volcanological guide.

School Location in 2024
Nicolosi (Italy), is a city located on the slopes of the Etna volcano, known as the gateway to Etna. On several occasions, eruptions have highly damaged the city. Nicolosi has numerous buildings of architectural and historical interest such as The Mother Church, dedicated to the Holy Spirit and the Benedictine monastery of San Nicolò l’Arena. In Nicolosi, a nice road begins that stretches up to the Rifugio Sapienza, from where excursions to the crater area start.