SORBETTO school: SOlar Radiation Based Established Techniques for aTmospheric Observations

Monica Campanelli

The SORBETTO school: SOlar Radiation Based Established Techniques for aTmospheric Observations will be held online from 13 to 15 September 2021.

The school is open to researchers, PhD students and workers already involved in the field of atmospheric observations, or willing to get involved in a new field.



Atmospheric observations of gases and aerosol are of great interest for climatological, meteorological, and pollution studies. Several techniques, based on ground-based measurements of solar radiation, have been developed and established in the last century to estimate the atmospheric aerosol and trace gas amounts and properties. Automatic ground based instruments, often organized in Federated Networks, are able to perform high quality observations with a good time resolution, consolidated and traceable calibration procedures, and homogeneity in the retrievals.
These Networks are good candidates for the validation and calibration of satellite missions, already operative or to be launched.


Aims of the school:

- forming young scientists providing them an overview of the current status of solar radiation based techniques, a solid theoretical base, and hands-on experimental activities;
- building a bridge among International communities involved in atmospheric science for establishing and reinforcing future cooperation on the solar radiation based techniques for atmospheric observations and satellite validation.

Main topics:

- Ground-based instruments

  Solar radiation theory
  Photometry and networks
  Spectrometry and networks
  Metrology applied to solar radiometry

- Satellites
  Overview of satellite remote sensing
  ESA satellite missions overview
  Cal/Val activities


The school is free of charge and is organised by the CNR Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Sapienza University of Rome, ESA and funded by SERCO, within the QA4AO project and the EMPIR-MAPP project.

Registration is now open until 31 August 2021 through the "Registration" link on the school webpage: