Plenary Lecture

An Operational Integrated Airport Environmental Monitoring System: The Case of the New Athens International Airport

Professor Dimosthenis N. Asimakopoulos
Department of Environmental Physics and Meteorology, Faculty of Physics
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Abstract: In recent years the tremendous development of the operational needs of international airports, alongside the presence of new types of aircrafts which require environmental monitoring support, necessitated the need of advanced design and performance instrumentation. In this respect, both in situ and remote sensing instrumentation should be engaged to provide information on the vertical structure of the meteorological parameters of the lower atmosphere over the airport, covering mean values and associated statistics.
The present work will focus on the details of the instrumentation lay out over the Athens new International Airport, (AIA), which was designed by the NKUA scientific consultancy group elaborating on the measurement potential. Furthermore selected results from the instrument operation will be given. In particular some statistical data from the acoustic sounder operation, the standard and atmospheric turbulence probes as well as the other conventional sensors will also be presented. This very interesting atmospheric condition ‘picture’, will be discussed so that the back ground atmospheric condition lay out will be formulated which in turns determines the unique for each airport environmental condition identity.
Since the AIA is satisfactory covered with environmental air quality monitoring sensors, a case study of pollution dispersion map will also be presented and discussed incorporating the background meteorological monitoring network as well as additional instrumentation. This case was studied in details in the framework of the European project “A European Network of Excellence for an Environmentally Compatible Air Transport System (ECATS)” where the University of Athens was a partner.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: 1. Name: Dimosthenis Asimakopoulos
2. Organization of primary employment: Professor, Department of Physics, Director of the Laboratory of Meteorology and former Rector of the University of Athens, Panepistimioupolis, Building Physics 5, 157 84 Athens, Greece.
3. Education: Diploma and Ph.D, University College London, Electronic and Electrical Eng. Dept., DSc.University of Athens, School of Physics and Mathematics.
4. Professional Experience. UCL academic personnel, Researcher WPL/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration USA, visiting professor at Polytechnic School of Torino and Trier University. Vice Rector and Rector of the University of Athens, Director at the National Observatory of Athens, President of the National Center of Marine Research, President and Executive Director of the Euginidion Hospital, Chairman of the Research Account Committee and Director of the Center for Continues Education of the University of Athens, Vice President of the Onasion Cardio Surgical Center, Vice President of the European Environment Agency.
5. Main Fields of Scientific Directions: Coordination of Large Scientific and Teaching Programs, Study of Physics of the Built Environment, Air Pollution, Instrumentation Technology, Renewable Energy Sources, Climatic Change.
6. Published Work: Over 639 articles international scientific journals, Conferences and scientific Reports.
7. Decorations: PhD., D.Sc., Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Eng., (FIEE, UK), Chartered Eng. (UK), Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, (FRMS, UK), Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, (GR), Chartered Eng. (GR), Fellow of the Hellenic Meteorological Society, (GR) Member of the European Environment Research Organisation, (EERO), Foreign Member of the Georgian Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. Member of the Euro Mediterranean Academy of Arts and Sciences –Head of the Greek Chapter. Lord Notarius of the Alexandrian Patriarch. Saint George Great Cross of the Hellenic Church. Decorations from National and International Organizations for his contribution and Management of large programs.

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