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Topical Conference: Earth Observation for Land-Atmosphere Interaction Science.

18 February 2010

To access the conference web site please, click HERE.


Land-atmosphere interactions include a variety of critical feedbacks among radiative, hydrological, and biogeochemical processes resulting in complex exchanges of energy and matter that influence the overall Earth system and its climate. The observation, understanding and prediction of such processes and their impacts have been hindered in the past by the lack of suitable data at the required spatial and time scales. In the last few years, Earth observation (EO) data integrated with in situ networks and within suitable models have demonstrated the potential to become a major tool for observing key variables and characterizing main processes governing land-atmosphere interactions at global to local scales.

In the next few years the capabilities of monitoring land surface and atmosphere will further improve by the increasing number of advanced EO missions to be launched by space agencies. The full exploitation of such increasing multi-mission observational capacity requires harmonized research efforts involving both EO and Earth system scientists, modellers, and institutions to develop novel observations and robust biophysical products to be effectively integrated with in situ data and within appropriate coupled models.

In this context, this conference aims at bringing together the EO and Earth system communities, as well as scientific institutions and space agencies involved in the observation, characterisation and forecasting of land-atmosphere interactions and their impacts. In particular, the event represents a unique opportunity to facilitate the communications and scientific exchanges among these different communities in order to enhance the coordination of specific scientific efforts and advocate for a common view of major scientific needs and priority areas for the future.


The specific objectives of the conference are:


Contributions are invited for presentations on novel research activities and developments exploiting EO data in support of land-atmosphere interaction studies.
Areas of interest and related topics of major concern are listed in the following:



It is under consideration the possibility of publishing a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the event.
To this end, after the conference, a selected number of papers will be invited to submit an extended version for peer review and potential consideration for the special issue.


For abstract submission (plain text, max 5000 characters) and registration, please visit the conference website here.


Organising Committee
Diego Fernández Prieto (ESA)
Mattia Marconcini (ESA)
Anni Reissell (iLEAPS International Project Office)
Mike Ellis (EGU – BGS Science Programme, UK)

Scientific Committee
Meinart O. Andreae (MPI for Chemistry, Germany)
Almut Arneth (Lund University, Sweden)
Paulo Artaxo (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Isabelle Bey (ETH, Switzerland)
Torben Christensen (Lund University, Sweden)
Emilio Chuvieco (University of Alcalá, Spain)
Pierre Friedlingstein (LSCE, France)
Laurens Ganzeveld (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
Alex Guenther (NCAR, USA)
Sander Howeling (SRON-IMAU, The Netherlands)
Paul Ingmann (ESA)
Peter North (University of Wales Swansea, UK)
Paul Palmer (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Simon Pinnock (ESA)
Bernard Pinty (JRC)
Stephen Plummer (ESA)
Catherine Prigent (CNRS, Observatoire de Paris, France)
Shaun Quegan (University of Sheffield, UK)
Markus Reichstein (MPI for Biogeochemistry, Germany)
Nobuko Saigusa (NIES, Japan)
Sonia Seneviratne (ETH, Switzerland)
Kirsten Thonicke (PIK, Germany)
Guido Van Der Werf (Vrije University, The Netherlands)
Mathew Williams (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Martin Wooster (King's College London, UK)
Claus Zehner (ESA)


Call for Abstracts 17 / 02 / 2010
Abstract Submission 31 / 05 / 2010
Notification of Acceptance and Preliminary Programme 19 / 07 / 2010
Paper Submission and Symposium 3-5 / 11 / 2010


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