Convective and Volcanic Clouds (CVC) detecting, monitoring and modeling
Italy, 2-10 October 2019

This training school is supported and organized by researchers of the Università degli Studi di Padova and the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), with the patronage and financial support of Università degli Studi di Padova.

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 outstanding research interest in the 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 on monitoring and detection of atmospheric extreme events supporting 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 feedbacks, 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) meet during this course for discussing about common goals and for learning 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 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.

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Keynote Lecturers

Frank Silvio Marzano (CETEMPS Center of Excellence, L’Aquila)
Marcello Miglietta (ISAC-CNR, Italy)
Fred Prata (AIRES Ltd, UK)
Dorinel Visoiu (Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration)
Michael Pavolonis (NOAA, USA)


Riccardo Biondi (Università di Padova, Italy)
Frances Beckett (MetOffice, UK)
Tatjana Bolic (Univ. of Trieste, Italy)
Hugues Brenot (BIRA-IASB, Belgium)
Elisa Carboni (Univ. of Oxford, UK)
Stefano Corradini (INGV, Italy)
Guergana Guerova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
Lorenzo Labrador (WMO)
Mario Montopoli (ISAC-CNR, Italy)
Giuseppe Salerno (INGV, Italy)
Mark Woodhouse (Univ. of Bristol, UK)
Simona Scollo (INGV, Italy)

Organizing committee

Riccardo Biondi (Università di Padova, Italy)
Valeria Cigala (Università di Padova, Italy)
Stefano Corradini (INGV, Italy)
Nina Kristiansen (MetOffice, UK)
Giuseppe Salerno (INGV, Italy)
Simona Scollo (INGV, Italy)
Antonio Cristaldi (INGV, Italy)

Early bird registration deadline 15 May 2019
Registration deadline: 10 August 2019
Extended registration deadline: 10 September 2019

School fees and accommodation
It is possible to register for the volcanic clouds module (2 Oct – 5 Oct) or to the convective clouds module (7 Oct – 10 Oct) or for the whole training course (9 days). The simple registration fee includes coffee breaks, teaching material, airport shuttle and excursion to the Etna’s summit central craters. The full board registration fee includes accommodation, meals, coffee breaks, teaching material, airport shuttle and excursion to the Etna’s summit central craters. Every meal will be served in a different restaurant with typical local dishes, accommodation will be in B&B with quality and services equivalent to *** hotel or in a *** hotel.

Registration type Simple (1 module) Full board (1 module) Simple (2 modules) Full board (2 modules)
Early bird 200€ 440€-640€ 300€ 795€-1000€
Regular 300€ 540€-740€ 350€ 845€-1050€

The full board price range depends on the accommodation type (sharing or single room) and participation to the excursion. Several options are available, please ask for details. Grants are available for specific cases.

Excursion and fun-run
– Excursion to the Etna’s summit central craters with a volcanological guide.
– Fun-run in the morning before the school

School Location
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.