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Dr. Juan Carlos Antuña, Optics Atmospheric Group of Camagüey, Camagüey Meteorological Center, INSMET, Cuba
Friday, April 22nd, 10 a.m.
UCAR Foothills Laboratory 2
3450 Mitchell Lane, Boulder CO
The process of evolution from the former Camagüey Lidar Station (CLS) to the current Optics Atmospheric Group (GOAC) is briefly described. That transition was signed by the application of a long term strategy based in the concept of full cycle research as an approach for an undeveloped country. The important role played by the international cooperation in achieving the proposed goals will be also briefly discussed. It will show how the CLS-GOAC has been engaged over more that 20 years in studies of atmospheric parameters affecting the radiative process transfer in the atmosphere. It includes measurements of stratospheric aerosols, tropospheric aerosols and cirrus clouds. Another task have been assimilating and adapting, to the local capabilities, atmospheric radiative transfer codes applied to the study of the effect of stratospheric and tropospheric aerosols and cirrus clouds over solar radiation. A preliminary effort for characterizing the trends of solar radiation in the Wider Caribbean has been also conducted. During the last years GOAC has been engaged in the operation and maintenance of broad band solar radiation measurements instruments using manual Russian actinometrical stations, also conducting the data rescue of former measurements. In addition, from 2008 the team operates a low volume particle impactor and a sun photometer, the last one contributing to RIMA and AERONET.