Light, Energy and the Environment Congress

On 7 November 2017, IPAC (The International Photonics Advocacy Coalition) hosted a session during the OSA Light, Energy, and the Environment Congress to bring together domain experts and government officials to discuss photonics-based technology solutions for accurate and reliable environmental monitoring, reporting and effective policy implementation.

Welcome and Overview of IPAC
Tom Baer, Stanford University, IPAC Steering Committee Chair, USA
New Airborne Observing Systems for Climate Research: Challenges for Laser, Electronics, and Optical Designs

James G. Anderson, Harvard University, USA

A brief review of dominant feedbacks within the climate structure that set the timescale for irreversible changes to the Earth’s climate system is presented. Emerging developments defining a new era of airborne observing systems are linked to strategies addressing key unanswered scientific questions regarding the climate system. Given these new observing systems, it is demonstrated that the new developments constitute key challenges for new designs in lasers, electronics and optical systems.

Panel Discussion
Kevin Trenberth, NCAR Boulder, USA
Nathan Newbury, NIST Boulder, USA
Scott Spuler,  LIDAR Group - NCAR Boulder, USA
Kelly Chance, Harvard Smithsonian, USA




IPAC Event Speakers


James Anderson


Kevin Trenberth


Tom Baer, IPAC Steering Committee Chair