Lidars of EARLINET support a novel aviation early warning product for ash/dust



Salzburg. A European wide exercise for emergency scenarios takes place in the first days of March 2019. The scientific project EUNADICS-AV is preparing an aviation early warning system to  guarantee a safe and cost efficient air traffic over Europe in case of natural hazards. The lidar network of EARLINET which is part of the European research infrastructure for aerosols, clouds and trace gases (ACTRIS) is supporting this with remote sensing data of ash and dust during the simulation tests. The EARLINET lidar at TROPOS in Leipzig also supports these tests with its continuous measurements.

Two emergency situations will be simulated, one for a volcanic eruption and one for a nuclear accident. The effects of these events on air traffic will be investigated and mitigation strategies which allow for optimization of aviation safety and economic impacts will be developed.



EUNADICS-AV: 21 organisations from 12 countries

The consortium of EUNADICS-AV consists of 21 organisations from 12 countries. Involved are national weather services, observation network operators, private companies, Universities, aviation service providers and military organizations. The Austrian meteorological service “Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik” (ZAMG) is coordinating the project. From Austria the Federal Ministry of Defense, the University of Salzburg, the company Flightkeys and Austro Control are also involved in the project. In Germany the main partner is the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR).


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EUNADICS-AV demonstration exercise in March 2019

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The EARLINET lidar network, which is part of the European Aerosol, Cloud and Trace Gas Research Infrastructure (ACTRIS), supports tests for a novel aviation early warning system with remote sensing data on ash and dust. Stock photo: Tilo Arnhold, TROPOS