Optics and Photonics for Sensing the Environment


Optics and Photonics for Sensing the Environment (ES) focuses on using optical sensing to monitor all aspects of the environment, from global and regional scales to point sensors and industrial processes.

Optics and Photonics in Environment and Pollution Monitoring

  • Stand-off and remote sensing techniques to measure trace gases, particulates and aerosols (including LIDAR, DOAS and FTIR)
  • Novel laboratory techniques and methodologies towards disruptive sensing technology (e.g. frequency combs, photonic sensors on a chip, sensing networks and the Internet of things)
  • Satellite and aircraft-based monitoring (e.g. regional air quality, global warming, global carbon cycle, and carbon sources and sinks)
  • Optics and photonics for improved air and water quality, including transformative optical low-cost sensors

Optics and Photonics in Industrial Environments

  • Optics and photonics for renewable (wind, solar and biofuel) and petrogenic (fossil fuel) energies
  • Novel techniques for monitoring fugitive emissions (fossil fuels, nature gas, mining and nuclear power)
  • Imaging and monitoring of crops for increased efficiency and sustainability in agriculture
  • Optics and photonics for extreme environments, including combustion, propulsion and high-temperature flow (e.g. flames, explosions, plasmas and projectiles)

Committee Members

  • Ian Coddington, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United StatesChair
  • Dennis Killinger, University of South Florida, United StatesChair
  • Jana Jagerská, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, NorwayProgram Chair


Ian Coddington

National Inst of Standards & Technology, United States

Dennis Killinger

University of South Florida, United States

Jana Jagerská

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Program Chair


OSA - The Optical Society