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THE 2ND INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SPACE-BASED LIDAR REMOTE SENSING TECHNIQUES AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES SHALL TAKE PLACE IN JUNE 4-8, 2018 IN MILOS ISLAND, GREECE

The intent of this workshop is to offer a venue and create a framework, where scientists and technologists from different countries, government agencies, industries and universities can meet and discuss important issues related to current and planned space lidar missions, techniques and associated emerging and enabling technologies. It will also be an opportunity to discuss challenges and common issues, and explore ways to increase collaboration among the space‐agencies and organizations to enhance future active space‐based remote sensing measurements.

Organizing Committee:

Upendra N. Singh (NASA), Chair
NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, USA Upendra.n.singh@nasa.gov

Georgios Tzeremes (ESA), Co-Chair/ Organiser
European Space Agency, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands Georgios.tzeremes@esa.int

Philippe Keckhut (CNRS), Co-Chair
Centre National de la Researche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris, France Phillipe.Keckhut@latmos.fr

Space Agency Stakeholders:

Jean-Yves Le Gall, President (CNES)

Michael J Freilich, Director, Earth Science Division (NASA)

Philippe Goudy, Head, Earth Observations Programs (ESA)

Toshiyoshi Kimura, Director, Sensor Systems Research Group (JAXA)

ADM AEOLUS©ESA/ATG-Medialab
ALISSA©CNRS-LATMOS
LEANDRE©CNRS-LATMOS
CALIOP©NASA/CNES

Workshop goals:

Review and assess the scientific needs for space-based lidar measurements, instrument synergies and the maturity of lidar techniques to meet these needs

Introduce upcoming space based lidar missions and present / discuss results from existing and past lidar space-based missions

Discuss challenges and future directions in research and technology development

Discuss approaches to mitigate risk and costs for space-based lidar instruments and  increase mission lifetime

Identify synergies and ways to enhance space lidar missions through international cooperation among various space agencies and organizations

Document the results in the completion and update of the white paper from prior workshop

The topics planned for presentations and discussion:

  • Advances in space-based lidar techniques and methodologies for Earth Science, Planetary Science, Lunar and Mars exploration
  • Science and exploration highlights, observational approaches, technologies and measurement synergies
  • Challenges experienced and lessons-learned in space lidar missions to date and discussion of approaches to overcome them
  • Results from or plans for simulations, airborne experiments and demonstrations as precursors for space missions
  • New and emerging space lidar technologies, particularly in lasers, telescopes, and detectors
  • Space laser reliability factors and effects of the space environment (thermal, contamination, optical damage and radiation)
  • Risk reduction, mitigation and readiness efforts for advancing and establishing high TRL levels
  • The workshop will have the following eight Space Lidar sessions/topical areas:

1. Topography, Cryosphere, and Biomass

2. Greenhouse and Trace Gases

3. Clouds, Aerosols, and Oceans

4. Winds

5. Entry, Descent and Landing for Exploration (Orbiting Lidar) Precision Landing and Hazard Avoidance for Exploration (Flash and Navigational Lidar), Mars and Lunar Rover lidars for Surface, Atmosphere and Mineralogical Studies

6. Laser Technology Developments for ESA’s Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA)

7. New and Emerging Space Lidar Technology

8. Space Environmental Effects, Lidar Reliability and Lifetime Issues

Registration and attendance

  • Attendance is open to all. Registration is mandatory (350€ fee for attendees and 150€ for accompanying people). Registration includes all social events, coffee breaks and lunches at conference premises. Registration deadline is May 7th, 2018.
  • Planned presentations are primarily invited and contributed. Poster submission is encouraged. You can submit your abstract at https://lidar2018.synedry.com/abstracts/submission.aspx.
    For any additional information kindly contact us at info@diazoma.net
  • Student attendance is highly encouraged. Travel support can be considered for the students, depending on the level of funds available from sponsoring organization.
  • The workshop report will be an open report published by the IEEE-GRSS. Contributors are responsible for any clearance from their respective organizations.