6th training school on Convective and Volcanic Clouds (CVC)

Virtual meeting 6-18 September 2021


The training school is supported and organized by researchers of the Università di Padova, the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), the National Research Council (CNR).

Attending the school you will get an overview of the state of the art techniques and methods for detecting and monitoring the volcanic and convective clouds, you will know the different instruments and platforms allowing us to get the best performance in detecting such kind of clouds, you will be projected to the future learning about new missions planned for solving the main issues on these fields, you will be involved in real applications as early warning systems and modeling, you will directly analize the data.

The school topics will range from satellite instruments such as IR sensors or GNSS to aircraft measurements like lidar and radar, from study of ash and SO2 clouds to tropical cyclones, mediterranean hurricanes, land and maritime convection.

The purpose of the School is to train students with outstanding research interest in the techniques allowing to detect, monitor, and model convective and volcanic clouds, to gain knowledge of the instruments and satellite missions (present and future) and to be able to support such kind of studies. The double aim is to create a school managed by young scientists already well established and recognized in their respective fields for young scientists willing to reinforce or develop their knowledge on atmospheric extreme events detection and monitoring for supporting policy makers, early warning systems and aviation safety.

The extreme atmospheric event cloud detection is a high multidisciplinary and challenging topic since the same techniques and instruments can be used for meteorology, volcanic monitoring, atmospheric physics and climate purposes. Within all these fields there are still many unsolved issues making this school fundamental for creating a new generation of scientists able to use the synergy of several different instruments and techniques. The air transportation became fundamental in the last decades for the World economy and social life, and volcanic or convective events can affect the regular management and operation creating large economic losses. This training school will support creating a new generation of scientists specialized on monitoring and detection of atmospheric extreme events supporting the safety of the citizens. Most of the young researchers are usually focused in a single subject (e.g. convection or volcanic eruption) and they are not in touch with final users to get their feedback, this school will be the occasion for broadening their horizons and for creating useful connections. We expect scientists and final users (such as pilots or early warning system technicians) meet during this course for discussing common goals and for learning from each other how to improve their work toward a proficient collaboration.

The CVC school 2021 will be strictly connected to the in-person CVC school 2022 which will take place in Nicolosi (Italy) on the slopes of Etna volcano. During the CVC 2022 all the topics will be deepened, and the participants will get an added value from:

  • a field measurement campaign they will be part of;
  • an excursion to the Etna craters;
  • laboratoires using professional softwares applied to real data;
  • presenting their research to the other participants and to the lecturers.

All the info and flyer


  • Guergana Guerova (University of Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • Lorenzo Labrador (WMO)
  • Marcello Miglietta (ISAC-CNR, Italy)
  • Mario Montopoli (ISAC-CNR, Italy)
  • Antonio Parodi (CIMA Research Foundation, Italy)
  • Nina Kristansen (MetOffice, UK)
  • Frank Silvio Marzano (Università La Sapienza Roma / CETEMPS, Italy)
  • Mike Pavolonis (NOAA, USA)
  • Fred Prata (AIRES Ltd, UK)
  • Giuseppe Salerno (INGV, Italy)
  • Tatjana Bolic (Univ. of Westminster, UK)
  • Manuel Soler (UC3M, Spain)
  • Dorinel Visoiu (Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration)


The School is open to everybody with priority for graduate students, PhD students and early career researchers. More info available at the website http://www.cvctrainingschool.org/  


Registration form


Registration deadline: 20 July 2021

School fee


In case the participant decides to take part to the CVC 2022, the registration fee of the CVC 2021 will be deducted (as a discount) from the registration of the CVC 2022.


School Location


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