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Atmospheric Physics
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Page last updated: 26/05/2008
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Dino Zardi, Associate Professor
Massimiliano de Franceschi, Assistant professor
Stefano Serafin, research fellow
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Since its establishment (1996) the group has been working at developing a laboratory for advanced meteorological measurements and modeling. The equipment has so reached the following state:
Instruments for meteorological ground based and airborne measurements:
Four conventional meteorological stations (cup anemometers and wind vanes; barometers; thermo-hygrometers; global and net radiometers; rain gauges; evaporation pan; soil flux plate; data acquisition and transmission units).
An ultrasonic anemometer Gill Solent Mod. RH Research
A phased array Sodar Scintec Mod. MFAS64.
A measurement system based on a light airplane (Sheibe Falck SF25 - belonging to the University Sport Centre "CUS Trento"). The equipment includes instruments for measurement of air temperature, humidity and pressure and airplane position (GPS).
High precision thermostatic bath for calibration of temperature sensors.
Computational resources
3 laptops;
6 desktops;
2 workstations
Participation to working groups, access to databases, etc.
Access to the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF)
Mesoscale Alpine Programme (
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Main topics:
Collection, validation and analysis of meteorological data from ground stations
Ground-based and airborne measurements in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer
Analysis of atmospheric turbulence with advanced techniques (eddy correlation, kriging, wavelets)
Modelling of atmospheric circulations in Alpine valleys
Simulation of pollutant transport processes in the atmosphere

Future developments:
Modelling of late frost events over crops
Modelling of Antarctic katabatic winds and participation to the National Antarctic Research Program
Investigation of devices for artificial snow production
Characterization of suitable sites for wind energy production
Study of climate change impact on atmospheric processes affecting environmental risk at regional scale
Identification of precipitation patterns in past climates and comparison with proxy data (speleothemes)
Investigation of meteorological specific features of small catchments and urban areas
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