Dr Mariana Adam

Mariana is a senior scientist working in Observations Research and Development, with particular specialisation in lidars, aerosol optical and microphysical properties.

Areas of expertise:

  • Lidars
  • Aerosol optical and microphysical properties
  • Passive remote sensing

Current activities

Mariana is currently working on the implementation of the CAA Lidar / Sun-photometer network for Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre for monitoring the volcanic ash. In addition, she is working on the ceilometer network with data quality assurance and ceilometers applications. Mariana is involved in the Automated Lidars and Ceilometers working group as part of the EUMETNET project E-PROFILE ( http://www.eumetnet.eu/e-profile) and COST Action ES1303 - Towards operational ground based profiling with ceilometers, doppler lidars and microwave radiometers for improving weather forecasts (TOPROF, http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/essem/Actions/ES1303).

Career background

2013: Senior Scientist at Met Office, Observations R&D

2008-2011: Scientist at Joint Research Centre (European Commission) in Italy, within the Air Pollution and Climate Change Unit, Institute for Environment and Sustainability. Research topics included aerosol optical and microphysical properties as measured by the lidar and ground-based instruments.

2006-2008: Research Associate at the Howard University in Washington (USA). Research topics included Raman lidar measurements of the water vapour mixing ratio and aerosol optical properties. Others: inter-comparison of the temperature, water vapour and ozone as measured by radiosondes and/or lidars and retrieved by satellites sensors.

2000-2005: Research Assistant, The Johns Hopkins University, USA. Research topics included micro-meteorological measurements and data analysis, elastic backscatter lidar measurements, data processing and lidar techniques.

1994-2000: Junior Researcher at The National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology, Bucharest, Romania. Research topics included various studies on urban hydrology and subsurface hydrology.

Mariana has PhD in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University (USA), with the thesis entitled 'Development of lidar techniques to estimate atmospheric optical properties' (https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/851?show=full), MSc in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University (USA), MSc in Water Resources Engineering from the Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest (Romania) and a BSc in Physics from the University of Bucharest (Romania).

Publications by Mariana

  • Pappalardo, G., et al., "Four-dimensional distribution of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic cloud over Europe observed by EARLINET", Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 4429-4450,2013, DOI:10.5194/acp-13-4429-2013
  • Adam, M., et al. "Aerosol hygroscopicity at a regional background site (Ispra) in Northern Italy", Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 5703-5717, 2012, DOI:10.5194/acp-12-5703-2012
  • Adam, M., "Vertical versus scanning lidar measurements in a horizontally homogeneous atmosphere", Appl. Opt., 51, 4491-4500, 2012, DOI:10.1364/AO.51.004491
  • Adam, M., "Notes on Rayleigh scattering in lidar signals", Appl. Opt., 51, 2135-2149, 2012, DOI:10.1364/AO.51.002135
  • Whiteman, D. N., et al., "Airborne and Ground-Based Measurements Using a High-Performance Raman Lidar", J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 27, 1781-1801, 2010, DOI:10.1175/2010JTECHA1391.1
  • Adam, M., et al., "Water Vapor Measurements by Howard University Raman Lidar during the WAVES 2006 Campaign", J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 27, 42-60,  2010, DOI:10.1175/2009JTECHA1331.1
  • Adam, M., "Notes on Temperature-Dependent Lidar Equations", J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 26, 1021-1039, 2009, DOI:10.1175/2008JTECHA1206.1
  • Shephard, M. W., et al.," Comparison of Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer nadir water vapor retrievals with in situ measurements", J. Geophys. Res., 113, 2008, DOI:10.1029/2007JD008822
  • Adam, M., et al., "Application of the Kano-Hamilton multiangle inversion method in clear atmospheres", J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 24, 2014-2028, 2007, DOI:10.1175/2007JTECHA946.1
  • Adam, M., et al., "Performance of the Howard University Raman Lidar during 2006 WAVES campaign", J. Optoelectron. Adv. M., 9, 3522-3528, 2007, JOAM
  • Kovalev, V. A., et al, "Experimental method for the examination of systematic distortions in lidar data", Appl. Opt., 46, 6710-6718, 2007, DOI:10.1364/AO.46.006710
  • Park, S. S., et al., "Characteristics of PM2.5 episodes revealed by semi-continuous measurements at the Baltimore Supersite at Ponca St.", Aerosol. Sci. Technol., 40, 845-860, 2006, DOI:10.1080/02786820600796608
  • Adam, M., et al., "Aerosol optical characterization by nephelometer and lidar: The Baltimore Supersite experiment during the Canadian forest fire smoke intrusion ", J. Geophys. Res., 109, D16S02, 2004, DOI:10.1029/2003JD004047

Last updated: 8 January 2015