33rd Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods

Kiruna, Sweden, 28 August - 1 September 2006

Kiruna Space Campus


Meeting description


Several physical phenomena in the ionosphere and magnetosphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere give rise to optical emissions. Examples of such phenomena are aurora and airglow, noctilucent clouds, sprites, meteor trails, and emissions pump-enhanced by powerful radio waves. Together these emissions contain a wealth of information about incident particle or wave distribution, about composition, temperatures and velocities, and about physical and chemical processes occurring locally as the light is produced. Optical methods have been used for studies of the atmosphere for centuries, but recent technological developments have opened up a panorama of new possibilities for high-resolution measurements and measurements coordinated with other types of instruments.

The 33rd Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods brought together scientists and graduate students from Europe as well as from other parts of the world to exchange experience, share scientific results, and plan and coordinate future experiments. One important activity was inter-calibration of light standards and another planning of activities for the upcoming International Polar Year. The programme contained invited and contributed oral and poster papers with plenty of time for discussions.

Photos from the conference dinner at Kiruna Town Hall.

Updated 2006-09-07 by rick.mcgregor*irf.se