EECLAT recap Apr 2018 – Apr 2019

This post lists the notable EECLAT activities that took place after the submissions of the 2018 proposal, and is extracted from the 2019 proposal.

Thanks to funding for scientific animation by multiple sponsors (OPGC, OVSQ, LA, INSU, IPSL, Labex-CaPPa and CNES), the EECLAT project held its 7th annual scientific workshop from January 21st to 23rd, 2019 in Fréjus. All scientific presentations are available online . Nearly 50 French participants from involved laboratories (including post-docs and PhD students) presented their results, exchanged ideas, discussed future projects and organised upcoming activities on research topics. A call by C. Stubenrauch led to EECLAT members joining the Trishna Atmosphere working group led by J.P. Lagouarde (INRA). A report describing the contents of the workshop was sent to all sponsors in March and is available online . Our previous 2018 workshop was the subject of an article published in BAMS (Luebke et al., 2018).

Following recommendations from INSU during that workshop, several members of EECLAT (V. Noel, M. Chiriaco, S. Cloché) are building a Groupe de Recherche (GDR) around its scientific objectives, with the help of leaders of scientific themes, INSU and CNES. This GDR will propose a formalized structure to organize and prioritize the scientific questions investigated by the research activities described in the present project. We hope that this framework will also enable the pursuit of other funding opportunities, including recurring support for our annual workshop.

ADM-Aeolus was successfully launched in August 2018 and successfully measured its first vertical profiles of horizontal wind speed. A. Dabas (CNRM) reported on these results and on the general progress of the mission and products during the January 2019 EECLAT workshop. An AERIS project was kicked off in late 2018 to automate the mirroring of ADM-Aeolus data on French servers to make its use easier by the French community.

Several members of EECLAT participated in the ESA Earth-CARE science workshop (June 11-15, 2018), in the ESA ADM-Aeolus cal-val and scientific workshop (March 26-29, 2019), in the ESA Atmos conference (November 26-29, 2018) and in the ESA living planet symposium (May 13-17, 2019). These were opportunities to strengthen the planned French activities for the cal-val and scientific exploitation of ADM-Aeolus and Earth-CARE. In 2018 seven French proposals were accepted by ESA as Earth-CARE cal-val activities, and all associated teams were invited to attend the Earth-CARE workshop on non-ESA funding. Several members of EECLAT participated in the NASA A-CCP kick-off meeting in Pasadena, USA (April 2-4). They presented the activities of the French community (particularly the MESCAL group) relevant to the design of the planned NASA A-CCP spaceborne lidar/radar mission. This meeting was generally perceived as very constructive. In France, a separate proposal for MESCAL Phase A1 activities was submitted in late 2018 to CNES for review by the French MESCAL group.

Several airborne field campaigns took place in 2018-2019 involving EECLAT participants, EXAEDRE in Corsica, AEOLUS Cal/Val in May around Toulouse area and the airborne AFLUX campaign in Svalbard from 15 March to 16 April 2019. EPATAN-NAWDEX data have been delivered to ESA in order to contribute to the evaluation of the L2 products before launch.


Following the 2018 EarthCARE/EECLAT joint workshop, Anna Luebke has led the writing of an article about it and its conclusions. It has recently been published in BAMS.

Luebke, A. E., Delanoë, J., Noel, V., Chepfer, H., & Stevens, B. (2018). A Workshop on Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere in Anticipation of the EarthCARE Satellite Mission. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society99(12), ES195–ES198.

Earth-CARE/EECLAT 2018 Joint Workshop

The 1st Earth-CARE/EECLAT Joint Workshop (aka the 6th EECLAT workshop) took fflace between January 29th and 31st in Colmar, France. Below you will find the final programme (PDF). The scientific presentations can be found here.

Thanks to all participants ! Thanks to Anna Luebke for working on logistics with us and for writing a paper about the workshop ! (see below). Also thanks to the Grand Hotel Bristol which provided the infrastructure and coffee.

Monday January 29th

  • 14:00 – 14:10 Welcome + Introduction to EECLAT
  • 14:10 – 14:30 Q. Libois (CNRM): On the potential of far-infrared radiometry for ice cloud remote sensing
  • 14:30 – 14:50 A. Chauvigné (LOA): LIDAR ratio comparison from in-situ and remote sensing measurement technique
  • 14:50 – 15:10 G. Papavasileiou (KIT): Observed cloud anomalies associated with the North Atlantic Oscillation, and their potential radiative feedback on internal circulation variability
  • 15:10 – 15:30 R. Guzman (LMD): Use of space lidar measurements to study the TOA LW Cloud Radiative Effect
  • 15:30 – 15:50 H. Chepfer (LMD): Beyond Earth-CARE: The MESCAL mission
  • 16:25 – 16:30 A. Dabas (CNRM-GAME): An update on the ADM-Aeolus mission
  • 16:30 – 16:50 C. Listowski (LATMOS): Antarctic clouds seen through the synergistic DARDAR satellite products: distribution, thermodynamic phase, and links with atmospheric dynamics
  • 16:50 – 17:10 F. Hemmer (LOA): Retrieval of Cirrus Cloud IWC Profile from Ground-Based Remote Sensing using the Synergy of Lidar and Multi-Spectral Infrared Radiometry
  • 17:10 – 17:30 M. Stone (NOAA/LMD): Impact of Atmospheric Circulation on Observations of Temperature, Clouds, and Radiation at Summit Station, Greenland with Self-Organizing Maps
  • 17:30 – 17:50 A. Berne (EPFL): Interactions between catabatic winds and solid precipitation in Antarctica – impact on CloudSat precipitation retrievals
  • 18:00 – 18:20 F. Tornow (FUB): Sensitivity of Heating Rates in Stratocumulus Clouds
  • 18:20 – 18:40 G. Cesana (GISS): Constraining the models’ response of tropical low clouds to SST forcings using CALIPSO observations
  • 18:40 – 19:00 Q. Coopman (KIT): Analysis of thermodynamic phase transition by cloud tracking

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

  • 8:30 – 8:55 D. Donovan (KNMI): EarthCARE (Short Overview) and the L2 Algorithm Development process
  • 8:55 – 9:15 F. Szczap (LaMP): Using the McRALI Monte Carlo lidar simulator to evaluate EarthCARE data
  • 9:15 – 9:35 A. Feofilov (LMD): Statistically based calibration/validation control of ATLID L1 data
  • 9:35 – 9:55 P. Goloub (LOA): Remote sensing of aerosols from ACTRIS-FR ground-based sites for EarthCARE validation
  • 9:55 – 10:15 J. Vidot (CMS): Validation of RTTOV IR aerosol and cloud parameterization using the A-Train
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 – 11:10 A. Illingworth (U. Reading): EarthCARE Synergy
  • 11:10 – 11:30 P. Kollias (U. Cologne): The EarthCARE Cloud Profiling Radar: Capabilities and challenges
  • 11:30 – 11:50 P. Kollias (U. Cologne): The EarthCARE Cloud Profiling Radar: L2 data products
  • 11:50 – 12:10 L. Pfitzenmaier (U. Cologne): A miniature 94 GHz radar network in Europe for EarthCARE CPR reference measurements
  • 12:10 – 12:30 O. Sourdeval (LOA/Univ. Leipzig): Calibration of new cloud retrievals for EarthCare using high-resolution simulations
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Splinter Groups: EarthCARE Project Office Steering Committee EECLAT
  • 16:30 – 16:50 D. Bouniol (CNRM): A-Train/TRMM coupling to document convection
  • 16:50 – 17:10 M. Klingebiel (MPI-M): The Barbados Cloud Observatory – Measurements at the edge of the ITCZ
  • 17:10 – 17:30 V. Duflot (LACy): Profiling of aerosols and clouds in Réunion Island
  • 17:30 – 17:50 S. Groß (DLR): EarthCARE-like payload on HALO for preparation and future validation studies
  • 18:00 – 18:20 A. Hünerbein (TROPOS): EarthCARE mission – an overview with regards to sensor-synergy between imager and atmospheric lidar
  • 18:20 – 18:40 L. Bugliaro (DLR): Synergistic ice cloud retrieval with lidar and imager observations
  • 18:40 – 19:00 R. Giering (FastOpt): Uncertainty estimation and propagation for satellite retrieval

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

  • 8:30 – 8:50 S. Kinne (MPI-M): MacV2 – An Aerocom Product
  • 8:50 – 9:10 Q. Cazenave (LATMOS): Changes in the microphysical parameterizations of a radar-lidar inversion algorithm and consequences on the retrieved IWC – Statistical and case studies
  • 9:10 – 9:30 G. Ancellet (LATMOS): Ground-based and airborne lidar aerosol observations in Siberia
  • 9:30 – 9:50 F. Ewald (DLR): Looking for closure: Testing the Synergistic Varcloud Retrieval of Ice Cloud Properties at Different Wavelengths
  • 9:50 – 10:10 H. Deneke (TROPOS): Assessing Radiative Closure of EarthCARE Cloud and Aerosol Products with Surface Observations
  • 10:50 – 12:20 EarthCARE Scientific Discussion (chair: B. Stevens)
  • 12:20 – 12:30 Conclusion of Joint Workshop


  • T. Tremas (CNES/AERIS): AERIS, Données et services pour l’Atmosphère

Luebke et al. 2018

The Colmar Workshop has been the subject of a BAMS publication, linked below.

List of participants

1 Alkasem, Alaa LaMP
2 Ancellet, Gerard LATMOS
3 Baray, Jean-Luc LaMP
4 Begue, Nelson LACY
5 Berne, Alexis EPFL
6 Bony, Sandrine LMD
7 Bouniol, Dominique CNRM
8 Bugliaro, Luca DLR
9 Cazenave, Quitterie LATMOS
10 Cesana, Gregory GISS
11 Chauvigné, Aurélien LOA
12 Chazette, Patrick LSCE
13 Chepfer, Hélène LMD
14 Chiriaco, Marjolaine LATMOS
15 Coopman, Quentin KIT
16 Dabas, Alain CNRM
17 Delanoe, Julien LATMOS
18 Deneke, Hartwig TROPOS
19 Donovan, Dave KNMI
20 Duflot, Valentin LACy
21 Edel, Léo LMD
22 El Amraoui, Laaziz CNRM
23 Evesque, Corinne IPSL
24 Ewald, Florian DLR
25 Feofilov, Artem LMD
26 Giering, Ralf FastOpt
27 Goloub, Philippe LOA
28 Groß, Silke DLR
29 Guzman, Rodrigo LMD
30 Hemmer, Friederike LOA
31 Höjgård-Olsen, Erik LATMOS
32 Horváth, Ákos Univ. Hamburg
33 Hünerbein, Anja TROPOS
34 Illingworth, Anthony Univ. Reading
35 Irbah, Abdanour LATMOS
36 Jégou, Fabrice LPC2E
37 Kinne, Stefan MPI-M
38 Klingebiel, Marcus MPI-M
39 Kollias, Pavlos Univ. Köln
40 Labonnote, Laurent LOA
41 Lange, Anne Caroline FZJ
42 Libois, Quentin CNRM
43 Listowski, Constantino LATMOS
44 Luebke, Anna MPI-M
45 Mioche, Guillaume LaMP
46 Montoux, Nadège LaMP
47 Nam, Christine LIM
48 Noel, Vincent LA
49 Papavasileiou, Georgios KIT
50 Payen Guillaume LACY
51 Pfitzenmaier, Lukas Univ. Köln
52 Pommereau, Jean-Pierre LATMOS
53 Raberanto, Patrick LMD
54 Serikov, Ilya MPI-M
55 Shcherbakov, Valery LaMP
56 Sourdeval, Odran LOA
57 Stevens, Bjorn MPI-M
58 Stone, Michael NOAA
59 Szczap, Frédéric LaMP
60 Tornow, Florian Univ. Berlin
61 Torres, Benjamin LOA
62 Totems, Julien LSCE
63 Trémas Thierry CNES/AERIS
64 Vérèmes, Hélène LACY
65 Vidot, Jérôme CMS
66 von Bargen, Albrecht DLR
67 Wirth, Martin DLR
68 Zabukovec, Antonin LATMOS

Atelier EECLAT 2017 – Le bilan

The 5th EECLAT workshop took place between January 23rd and 25th in the beautiful but foggy Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme, France. Below you will find the final programme (PDF), with links to the scientific presentations.

Thanks to all participants ! Also thanks to the Hotel du Cap Hornu who provided the infrastructure and coffee.

Monday January 23

14h General overview – J. Delanoe (LATMOS) /V. Noel (LA)

14h30 Scientific talks

16h Break

17h30 Break

Tuesday January 24

8h30 Scientific talks

10h30 Break

12h30 Lunch

Wednesday January 25th

9h-12h : EECLAT 2017 and discussion

Fin de l’Atelier

Merci à Constantino pour la photo ! grande taille


Atelier EECLAT 2016 – le bilan

The EECLAT 2016 workshop took place between January 27th and 29th, 2016 in Carcassonne, France. Here is the program. Below is the list of scientific presentations with links to slides.

Thanks to all participants! Also thanks to the Hotel Mercure Carcassonne staff who provided the infrastructure and coffee. Thanks to IPSL admins (including F. Beaud) for their help organizing the trip.

Debriefing of EECLAT 2016 proposal : recommandations and budget

Atelier EECLAT 2015 – le bilan

The EECLAT 2015 workshop took place between January 19th and 21st, 2015 in Ploumanac’h, France. Below is the final programme, with links to the scientific presentations.

Thanks to all participants! Also thanks to the Castel Beau Site hotel staff who provided the infrastructure and coffee. Thanks to IPSL admins (including F. Beaud) for all their help organizing the trip.

Pre-workshop Information


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Lundi 19 Janvier

14h Accueil

14h30 Message d’introduction du Centre de Météorologie Spatiale (CMS)

14h50 Rappels des thèmes scientifiques d’EECLAT et updates WP : T1.1T2.8+T2.9T4.2T4.3T5.2

15h50 Infos générales EECLAT (J. Delanoe) + CALIPSO status et V4 (J. Pelon)

16h30 Break

17h00 Projets en lien avec EECLAT


Mardi 20 Janvier

9h00 Exposés scientifiques

10h30 Break

11h00 Suite des exposés

12h30 Déjeuner

14h45 Suite des exposés

17h00 Break

17h30 Suite des exposés

18h50 Bilan EECLAT 2014-2015 – V. Noel


Mercredi 21 Janvier

9h00 EECLAT 2015-2016 (Notes de Réunion)

10h30 Break

14h00 Visite du CMS

16h00 fin de l’atelier

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EECLAT 2014 workshop – post-mortem

The EECLAT 2014 workshop took place between January 20th and 22nd, 2014 in La Rochelle, France. Below is the final programme, with links to the scientific presentations.

Thanks to all participants! Also thanks to the La Rochelle Mercure hotel staff who provided the infrastructure and coffee. Thanks to LMD admins (S. Sportouch, I. Ricordel, S. Agasse, S. Lekieffre, MD. Coudert, and M. Maherou) for all their help organizing the trip.

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Peu de touristes à la Rochelle

During the workshop the group decided to reconvene next year around the same dates, probably in Lannion.


Lundi 20 janvier

14h Accueil

14h30 Infos générales EECLAT, J. Delanoe

15h30 Validation CALIPSO et produits nominaux (T0)

16h30 Nuages à l’échelle locale et régionale (T1)

Mardi 21 janvier

9h Nuages à l’échelle locale et régionale, suite (T1)

11h Nuages à l’échelle globale (T2)


14h Outils de transfert radiatif et produits futurs (T5)

16h30 Données pour préparer EarthCare (T6)

17h30 Bilan EECLAT 2013 et propal 2014


Mercredi 22 janvier

9h EECLAT 2015 (discussion ouverte, notes G. Sèze)

2014-01-22 Machine a café