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"Profiling the atmospheric boundary layer at European scale"

Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM)

All the information on how to apply, what to do before and after the mission. Do you need an example? check the list of the missions that took place or that are planned.

General infos on STSM

Who can apply?

STSMs are a key tool for knowledge exchange within a COST action. Anyone can apply to conduct an STSM at a host-institution, however, early career investigators (ECI - up to 8 years after PhD) and researchers from inclusiveness target countries (ITC) are particularly encouraged. The host institution needs to be in a different country than the affiliation of the individual researcher.

What are suitable topics for a PROBE STSM?

Any subject related to the PROBE objectives of advanced ABL profiling can be an STSM topic. This includes various aspects of instrument operations or development, data processing and quality control, product development or scientific applications.

How to propose a topic?

Either the researcher or the host institution can propose a specific topic for collaboration. Find below a list of topics currently identified for PROBE STSMs. If you would like to propose a new topic, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are interested in conducting an STSM on one of the proposed topics below, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The individual researcher and the host institution have to agree on collaborating in the framework of a virtual STSM.


Possible topics for future STSM missions include:

  • Derivation of boundary layer height form Mie Lidar and Doppler Lidar - pros & cons of both approaches.

Hosts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Poland
Duration of 2-4 weeks, within possible dates: 19 September 2022 and 9 December 2022

  • Using automatic lidars and ceilometers (ALC) to study aerosol mass, dust layers, or fog 
Visiting researcher: OPEN - please contact host if you are interested in collaborating
Host: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ZAMG, Austria
  • Pollen detection via Doppler lidar or Doppler cloud radar
Visiting researcher: OPEN - please contact host if you are interested in collaborating
Host: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ZAMG, Austria
  • Using Doppler wind lidar measurements for aerosol research. 
Visiting researcher: researcher from INOE
Host: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Finish Meteorological Institute, Finland
  • Evaluation of forecast indices from synergy between satellite observations and microwave radiometer data
Visiting researcher: researcher from EUMETSAT
Host: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Cologne, Germany
  • Doppler cloud radar forward simulations and microphysical retrievals
Visiting researcher: Maria José Granados Munoz, University of Granada, Spain
Host: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., DWD, Germany


Past and scheduled STSM missions

Past or programmed STSM missions:
Working Group Subgroup Topic Researcher Name ECI? Researcher affiliation Host Contact Host Institution Time Period
WG2 Aerosol Mixed-layer height in complex terrain: comparing observations (STRATfinder) and high-resolution simulations (WRF) Alessio Golzio yes University of Turin Simone Kotthaus Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL) 06.04.2021-30.05.2021
WG2 Aerosol Long-term analysis of wind profiles: data and literature search Radka Kellnerova yes Institute of Thermomechanics of the CAS, Czech Republic Janet Barlow University of Reading 10.05.2021-23.05.2021
WG2 T/Q profiling, clouds MWR and IR synergy Donatello Gallucci yes CNR-IMAA Pauline Martinet Météo-France 15.02.2021-19.02.2021
WG2 ABL Characterization Carbon fluxes in the nocturnal boundary layer Constanze Burkhart Yes EMPA, Switzerland Simone Kotthaus IPSL, France 01.11.2020-31.12.2020

Reports of past missions