AERONET Science and Application Exchange

AERONET Science and Application Exchange 2024

Dates: September 17-19, 2024

Location: UMD Alumni Center, 7801 Alumni Dr., College Park, MD 20742

In 2023, the AERONET network completed 30 years of atmospheric aerosol measurements from the NASA Goddard site and expanded to more than 100 countries, with close to 600 active sites. The planned AERONET science and application exchange aims to bring the global AERONET community together for a three-day meeting. The primary purpose of this exchange will be to discuss and collaborate with the worldwide community on topics related to the AERONET system, including scientific development, instrument calibration, research, and application. The exchange will bring together all AERONET partners and the data user community.


The AERONET (AErosol RObotic NETwork) program is a federation of ground-based remote sensing aerosol networks established by NASA and CNRS, University of Lille and CNES (PHOTONS network) in France and is greatly expanded by networks (e.g., RIMA, AEROSPAIN, AeroSpan, AEROCAN, NEON, and CARSNET) and collaborators from national agencies, institutes, universities, individual scientists, and partners. For more than 30 years, the project has provided long-term, continuous, and readily accessible public domain database of aerosol optical, microphysical, and radiative properties for aerosol research and characterization, validation of satellite retrievals, and synergism with other databases. The network imposes standardization of instruments, calibration, processing, and distribution.

To learn more about AERONET:

Important Dates

  • February 26 – Abstract Submission opens
  • April 22 – Abstract Submission closes
  • May 15 – Abstract selection notification
  • July 1 – Scientific Program Release

Registration Form Link: Click here


Call for Abstracts: AERONET Science and Application Exchange

The AERONET Science and Application Exchange organizing team is excited to invite researchers, scientists, engineers, data users, and professionals worldwide to submit abstracts for presentations at the upcoming exchange. The event will serve as a platform for exchanging knowledge, insights, and advancements in the field of atmospheric aerosols measurements while focusing on AErosol RObotic NEtwork (AERONET) science and its diverse applications.

We welcome abstract submissions on a wide range of topics related to AERONET measurements, science, and applications, including but not limited to:

  • AERONET networks, operation, calibration, and instrumentations
  • Ground Networks (SKYNET, Pandora, MPLNET, SPARTAN, ASCENT, AirNow, others) synergic deployment, science, and applications
  • Atmospheric aerosol properties retrievals and applications using AERONET and other similar measurements
  • Satellite Validation and Calibration with AERONET data
  • Model evaluation and assimilation using AERONET data
  • AERONET data in applications (i.e., Air Quality, Climate, renewal energy, etc.)
  • Nighttime aerosol monitoring using AERONET and its applications
  • Maritime Aerosol Network (MAN) data and applications
  • AERONET-OC Network, data, and application
  • Innovative Applications of AERONET Data
  • Advances in Instrumentation and Technology
  • Collaborative Research and Partnerships

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted in English and must not exceed 200 words. Please use the provided abstract template to prepare your abstract and upload as a PDF file at the
Abstract Submission Link: Click here.

Note: An Abstract Submission will require a Google account. If you don’t have one, please use the following account ID and password to sign in for the abstract submission:
Password: AERONET_600!

Hotel Information

We have secured a room block at:

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center:
3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, MD 20783
Rooms can be booked for a nightly rate of $189.00 using this link:
Reservations for all guests must be received on or before Tuesday, August 20, 2024.

Additional local hotels:

1) Cambria Hotel College Park
8321 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740
(301) 615-9889

2) Holiday Inn Greenbelt
7200 Hanover Dr, Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 982-7000

3) Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Greenbelt
7810 Walker Dr., Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 474-7400

Invitation Letter for Visa Holders

For foreign national attendees who require an invitation letter, please contact Carol Kuehn,

Invited Speakers

Ana Dogliotti (Argentina)
Arlindo Da Silva (GSFC, USA)
Aulia Nisa’ul Khoir (Indonesia)
Brent Holben (GSFC, USA)
Didier Crozel (Cimel, France)
Ellsworth Welton (GSFC, USA)
Fernando Goncalves Morais (Brazil)
James Szykman (EPA/LaRC, USA)
Jeff Reid (NRL, USA)
Jhoon Kim (YU, South Korea)
Joseph Neenyi Quansah (Ghana)
Lorraine Remer (UMBC, USA)
Marcos Andrade (Bolivia)
Melliza Templonuevo Cruz (Phillipines)
Oleg Dubovik (U of Lille, France)
Omar Torres (GSFC, USA)
Panuganti Devara (India)
Raul Luis D’Elia (Argentina)
Sesan Falaiye (Nigeria)
Shantikumar S. Ningombam (India)
Shobha Kondragunta (NOAA, USA)
Sida Lamine Baika (Algeria)
Sumaman Buntoung (Thailand)
Thomas Hanisco (GSFC, USA)

Scientific Program Committee:

Africa Barreto (AEMET, Spain)
Alaa Mhawish (KSA, Saudi Arabia)
Alexander Smirnov (GSFC, USA)
Barry Lefer (NASA HQ, USA)
Brent Holben (GSFC, USA)
Carlos Toledano (UVa, Spain)
David Barker (CSIRO, Australia)
Elena Lind (GSFC, USA)
Giuseppe Zibordi (SURA/GSFC, USA)
Hal Maring (NASA HQ, USA)
Huizheng Che (CMA, China)
Ihab Abboud (ECCC, Canada)
Ilya Slutsker (GSFC, USA)
Itaru Sano (OU, Japan)
James Szykman (EPA/LaRC, USA)
Janae Csavina (NEON, USA)
Jeff Reid (NRL, USA)
Jhoon Kim (YU, South Korea)
Joel Schafer (GSFC, USA)
Julian Gröbner (PMOD/WRC, Switzerland)
Mian Chin (GSFC, USA)
Oleg Dubovik (U. of Lille, France)
Pawan Gupta (GSFC, USA)
Philippe Goloub (U. of Lille, France)
Sagnik Dey (IITD, India)
Shawn Serbin (GSFC, USA)
Sheng-Hsiang Wang (NCU, Taiwan)
Shobha Kondragunta (NOAA, USA)
Steve Platnick (GSFC, USA)
Thomas Eck (UMBC/GSFC, USA)