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Physics of the Planet's Boundary Layers Laboratory

About the laboratry

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Grant Agreement No.: 11.G34.31.0048

Name of the institution of higher learning:
Federal state budget educational institution of higher professional learning "Nizhniy Novgorod State University named after N. I. Lobachevsky"

Fields of scientific research:
Earth sciences

Project goal:
To develop physical concepts, theoretical and numerical models, and algorithms for processing and interpretation of remote diagnostic data and parameterization of the processes inside the boundary layers of the planet's atmosphere and hydrosphere.

Key project objectives:
1. To verify data based on natural experiments and modeling in controlled laboratory environment;
2. To design new methods and instruments that can be used to monitor and control the environment remotely;
3. To design: a model of spectral radiometer capable of registering the stratospheric ozone radiation spectrum with a resonant frequency of 110,836 MHz; a model of spectral radiometer capable of registering and analyzing the radiation spectrum of the Earth's atmosphere within the low-frequency slope of the 5-mm absorption line of molecular oxygen within the 52.3 – 53.3 GHz frequency range; digital microwave (3 and 10 cm, NN-polarization) radiolocation systems to ensure observation of the water surface and measure wind speed fields and surface waves fields.

Anticipated scientific outcomes:
The project will help establish a world-class laboratory specializing in researching the processes occurring within the boundary layers of the planet's atmosphere and hydrosphere.

Leading scientist

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Leading scientist's full name: Sergey Sergeyevich Zilitinkevich

Link to the scientist's profile

Academic degrees and titles:
Doctor of physical and mathematical sciences, professor

Job title:
- Meteorological Institute of Finland (Helsinki), professor-researcher, University of Helsinki, Scientific Director of the Department of atmospheric sciences.
- Nizhniy Novgorod State University, head of the Physics of the Planet's Boundary Layers Laboratory.

Areas of scientific interest:
Physics of the atmosphere and hydrosphere

Scientific recognition:
8 monographs.
170 articles published in peer-review journals.

Member of the editorial boards of the following journals:
- "Geography, Environment, Sustainability" (international publication founded in 2008),
- "International Journal of Geophysics" (since 2008),
- "Advances in Applied Physics" (since 2012),
- "Environmental Sciences" (since 2011).
Member of the Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal Committee,
Member of the European Geosciences Union (2002 - 2009),
Member of the Russian National Board for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (since 2011),
Member of the Coordination Board of the Center for Polar Monitoring and Modeling of the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) of Great Britain (2002 - 2006),
Member of the Board of the International Meteorological Institute named after C. G. Rossby (Sweden, 1998 - 2003),
Chairman of the AW2.1 section, "Atmospheric boundary layers", at the annual meetings of the European Meteorological Society (since 2005),
Expert of the European Research Council (since 2009).

Awards and distinctions:
Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal 2000 (European Geosciences Union),
Member of Academia Europaea (Earth and space sciences, since 2002),
Member of the Academy of Sciences and Letters of Finland (Earth sciences, since 2009),
Member of Societas Scientiarum Fennica (mathematical and physical sciences, since 2012),
Full member of the Royal Meteorological Society (Great Britain),
European chair of the physics of the planet's boundary layers named after Marie Curie (European Commission, 2004 - 2007),
Supreme grant of the European Research Council (ERC) PBL-PMES (European Commission, 2009-2013).

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