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Green Photonics Young Talent Award for Dr. Fernando Chouza

On 27 June 2017 Fernando Chouza (Aerosol Physics and Environmental Physics Group) was awarded with the third prize in the category "Dissertations" for the work conducted in the frame of his PhD thesis at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bernadett Weinzierl and Dr. Oliver Reitebuch.

Doppler wind lidar measurements (top) and retrieved aerosol backscatter coefficient (bottom) along the flight track between Cabo Verde and Senegal during the SALTRACE field experiment on 12 June 2013. For more details see Chouza et al. (2016; doi:10.5194/acp-16-11581-2016).

His work, titled "Saharan dust transport studied by airborne Doppler wind lidar and numerical models", focuses on the analysis of small and large scale mixing and transport processes affecting the Saharan dust during its transport over the Atlantic ocean with the aim to improve its modeling and thus, reduce the uncertainty associated with its impact on the Earth’s radiative budget calculations. Dr. Chouza is currently a PostDoc in the Aerosol Physics and Environmental Physics Group at the University of Vienna and closely works with DLR. In August 2017, he will move to NASA in California to work on the development of lidar systems for atmospheric ozone monitoring.

The Green Photonics prize is awarded by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft to outstanding contributions focusing on new solutions that use light for environmental and climate protection.

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