IPAC Hosts Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement Session

31 October 2017

IPAC Hosts Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement Session at the OSA Light,
Energy and the Environment Congress

Advocacy and science merge in a discussion on photonics-based environmental monitoring solutions

WASHINGTON — The International Photonics Advocacy Coalition (IPAC) will host a special session during the OSA Light, Energy, and the Environment Congress to bring together experts and government officials to discuss photonics-based technology solutions for accurate and reliable environmental monitoring, reporting and effective policy implementation.

WHAT: IPAC Session on Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement
WHEN: Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 8:30-10:00 MT
WHERE: NCAR Center Green 1, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA

During the session, James G. Anderson, Harvard University, MA, USA, will speak on new airborne observing systems for climate research. He will discuss the looming timescale for irreversible changes to the Earth’s climate and the new designs in lasers, electronics and optical systems required to address these emerging challenges. The discussion will be followed by a panel of several leading experts:

Panel Speakers:
  • Kevin Trenberth, NCAR Boulder, USA
  • Nathan Newbury, NIST Boulder, USA
  • Scott Spuler,  LIDAR Group - NCAR Boulder, USA
  • Kelly Chance, Harvard Smithsonian, USA
Optics and photonics – the science and application of light – enables industries from communications to manufacturing, diagnostics to aerospace. As an entry point for international, collaborative photonics work, IPAC will focus on global environmental measurement and monitoring, an area of significant importance with great potential for global unity and advocacy. International efforts – including the Paris Agreement – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water quality, pollutants, biohazards and industrial waste are all pressing environmental issues that require monitoring and measuring technologies. IPAC works to encourage international public and private investment and collaboration on the development of optics and photonics technology providing the basis for measuring and monitoring key environmental variables impacting quality of life.

*OSA Congress registration is not required to attend this program and advanced registration can be attained via email: govrel@osa.org.

About the OSA Light, Energy and the Environment Congress
The OSA Light, Energy and the Environment Congress examines the development of optical technologies for energy production, transmission, monitoring and use. This Congress is designed to bring together researchers, engineers, and managers to foster timely information exchange between the disciplines involved in these fields.
About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org.
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