Mr. Dimitri Trapon 

Leibniz-Institut für

Troposphärenforschung e.V.

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig

Phone : +49 341 2717-7453

E-mail :

Room : 109 (Building 23.5)



Research Engineer / PhD candidate



Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes


Research areas & main research topics

  • Maintenance and refinement of ADM-Aeolus aerosol processor : monitoring and algorithm sensitivity studies

  • Quality assessment of Aeolus Level-2A Aerosol Optical Properties Product and validation with external satellite-based or ground-based Lidar measurements

  • Support Aeolus end-of-life activities and Phase F with novel applications of the Level-2A product related to aerosol science : optical and microphysical properties of elevated aerosol layers and clouds

  • Science oriented activities : demonstrate the aerosol observing capabilities of Aeolus with a focus on long-range transport of particles, e.g. volcanic ash, wildfire smoke or dust and their interaction with clouds.


Current project

  • AMD-Aeolus


Curriculum vitae 

  • 2022 – today : Research Engineer / PhD candidate at TROPOS within ESA ADM-Aeolus DISC. Maintenance of the L2A products and assessment of the Aeolus aerosol observing capabilities.

  • 2019 - 2022 : Data Quality and Cal/Val Engineer at Météo-France CNRM/GMEI - Toulouse, France. Maintenance and improvement of the L2A aerosol products and calibration processors of the ESA Lidar mission ADM-Aeolus.

  • 2017 – 2018 : Diploma (MSc – Advanced Master's Degree) in Remote Sensing, Digital Image Processing and Photogrammetry at National School of Geographic Sciences ENSG - Champs-sur-Marne, France. Diploma thesis: Image-processing and co-registration of Spectropolarimeter for Planetary EXploration SPEX L1B data from ER-2 High-altitude Science Aircraft.

  • 2011 – 2017 : Diploma (MSc – Engineer's Degree) in Environmental Science at College of International Agro-Development ISTOM - Angers, France. Diploma thesis: Implementation of the surface modelling platform SURFEX (Meteo-France) on Tunisian semi-arid plain. Use of Remote Sensing data.



  • 2022 : Civil Drone Pilot License – Toulouse, France.



  • Ehlers, F., Flament, T., Dabas, A., Trapon, D., Lacour, A., Baars, H., and Straume-Lindner, A. G.: Optimization of Aeolus' aerosol optical properties by maximum-likelihood estimation, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 185–203,, 2022.

  • Flament, T., Trapon, D., Lacour, A., Dabas, A., Ehlers, F., and Huber, D.: Aeolus L2A aerosol optical properties product: standard correct algorithm and Mie correct algorithm, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 7851–7871,, 2021.

  • Baars, H., Radenz, M., Floutsi, A. A., Engelmann, R., Althausen, D., Heese, B., et al. (2021). Californian wildfire smoke over Europe: A first example of the aerosol observing capabilities of Aeolus compared to ground-based lidar. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2020GL092194.

  • D. Trapon, A. Lacour, T. Flament, A. Dabas, F. Ehlers: Tracking with Aeolus the Californian wildfire smoke transported over Atlantic. Proceeding book,