23, July 2014

PROJECT TITLE: Clouds and Aerosols Profiling in support of ESA’s Sentinel 4 and 5 missions — CAPESA

Coordinator: National Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics 

Partners: National Institute for Aerospace Research “Elie Carafoli“

Period: 19 November 2012 – 18 November 2015

Project director: Doina Nicolae

Project team:

INOE (ground-based ARS) – 9 members:

  • Doina Nicolae, Dr., Physicist, coordinator
  • Camelia Talianu, Dr., Mathematician, algorithms
  • Anca Nemuc, Dr., Physicist, aerosol physics, data correlation
  • Jeni Vasilescu, Dr., Physicist, data processing (AMS)
  • Livio Belegante, Dr., Engineer, Physicist, data processing (lidar)
  • Emil Carstea, Dr.,Physicist, lidar measurements
  • Cristian Radu, Engineer, electronic engineering
  • Luminita Marmureanu, Dr., biologist, in situ measurements (AMS)
  • Florica Toanca, PhD St., Marketing, visibility

INCAS (airborne ARS) – 9 members:

  • Andreea Boscornea, PhD Student, Physicist, team leader
  • Paula (Mursa) Anca, PhD Student, Engineer, GIS
  • Catalin Nae, Dr., Engineer, aerospace engineering
  • Valentin Butoescu, Dr., Engineer, fluid dynamics
  • Sorin Vajaiac, PhD St., Physicist, cloud physics
  • Octavian Carp, PhD St., airborne topographic lidar
  • Stefan Bogos, Dr., aerodynamics, payload
  • Sever Moisoiu, Engineer, aerospace engineering
  • Dan Turcanu, Engineer, aerospace engineering

Description: CAPESA addresses several weaknesses of the atmospheric science in Romania:

  • Poor coordination – consolidating the ARS community (meetings, consortia, exchange of expertise,)
  • Lack of specialization – training of a new generation of scientists (summer school, field campaigns, workshop)
  • Weak international implication – participation to international campaigns (EMEP, ACTRIS, CALIPSO)
  • Low degree of integration in European networks and infrastructures – application to ICOS, IAGOS, ACTRIS ESFRI

Project objectives:

  • O1. Adjusting existing research capacities (human and material resources) to the requirements of European research infrastructures for ARS (EARLINET, AERONET, ICOS, IAGOS, ACTRIS)
  • O2. Demonstration of Romanian research potential by participating to international campaigns to study aerosols, precursors, clouds and interactions
  • O3. Assessment of the potential use of UAV platforms to calibrate, validate and supplement ground-based in situ measurements
  • O4. Promotion, integration and sustainability of Romanian research capacities as part of European infrastructures for ARS


  • WP1: Preparation for integration to european ARS infrastructures
  • WP2: Contribution to international databases and campaigns
  • WP3: Scientific niches in the field of ARS
  • WP4: Visibility and integration
  • WP5: Project management

Contributions to the STAR programme objectives:

  • CAL-VAL of satellite products (ground-based remote sensors)
  • Data provider for correlative studies (in situ & ground-based remote sensors)
  • Data user for correlative studies
  • Science