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During the 14th and 15th of September, 2010 the Workshop “Climate Consequences of a Nuclear War” was held at the National Hotel in Havana city.  The event was sponsored by the Cuban Meteorological Institute.  During the sessions the consequences of a nuclear conflict, either regional or global, over the environment and the agriculture were discussed.  In the frame of the Workshop Prof. Alan Robock, from the Environmental Sciences Department, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, gave a conference entitled “Climatic consequences of a nuclear conflict”.  Comrade Fidel Castro Ruz attended the conference showing great interest in the subject and explaining the importance of a broad diffusion of that information.  The members of GOAC Dr. Juan Carlos Antuña Marrero, Dr. René Estevan Arredondo and MSc. Boris Barja González attended the workshop.

More photos of the event at our Photos Gallery.


Valladolid University plans to conduct research on atmospheric particles in the Sahara. 

Valladolid, 10 ago (EFE) .-The study of the ultramicroscopic solid and liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere of North Africa within a territory that is located the Sahara Desert, is the future target for the Optics Atmospheric University of Valladolid (UVA). 

The head of the research group and professor at UVA, Angel de Frutos, explained today at a press conference that his team currently measure atmospheric aerosol particles-in Spain, Portugal, all the European region of Scandinavia, in Germany and Cuba, and his next goal is to expand its activities in northern Africa, an area of "great scientific interest". 

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The main goal of the Camagüey Lidar Station (CLS) team is to study the process of radiative transfer in the atmosphere in the conditions of our country.  For achieving such a goal it is in course the characterization of the factors intervening in those processes in the conditions of the atmosphere in Cuba (Aerosols, clouds, etc.).  Another of the goals is to characterize the process in which the cited factor intervene using instrumental observations and numerical simulation.

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 Second Research Cooperation Project between the Institute of Meteorology of Cuba and the University of Valladolid, Spain.


As part of the Cooperation Agreement between the Institute of Meteorology of Cuba and the University of Valladolid, Spain, it was signed the Second Research Cooperation Project on March 26th 2009 at the Natal House of Carlos J. Finlay in Camagüey city.  The document was signed by Dr Ángel de Frutos Baraja, Coordinator of the Optics Atmospheric Group of the Universitiy of Valladolid, representing the President of that University and Lic. Dositeo Garcia Bargados, Director de of the Camagüey Meteorological Centre representing the General Director of the Meteorological Institute of Cuba.

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In the frame of the first research cooperation project between the Optics Atmospheric Group of the University of Valladolid, Spain and the Camagüey Lidar Station entitled “Study of the optical properties of the tropospheric aerosols at Camagüey, Cuba”, two instruments have been installed at CLS for aerosols monitoring in the eastern part of Cuba.

The first instrument is a cascade particle impactor for studying the particulate matter at the surface according to the PM10 and PM1 standards.  The instrument is a DEKATI PM10 and is operative from February 7th 2008.

Head of the particle Impactor.
  View of the impactor ready for measurements and the suction pump.  View of the suction tube of the impactor.

The second instrument already installed as part of the project is a sun photometer CIMEL model CE-138 with six interferential filters at the wavelengths of , 500, 670, 870, 1020 y 1640 nm.  The instrument is designed for conducted very precise measurements of solar direct and diffuse radiation.  It operates autonomously tracking the sun during the day and conducting several types of measurements.  The installation of the instrument began on September 24th 2008 and it became operative on October 9th 2008 at 18:43 GMT.

Near view of the CIMEL sun photometer, in the back left the suction tube from the impactor.


Another view of the sun photometer CIMEL CE-138, during a measurement.

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