The proposed project concerns scientific research regarding the development of an innovative system
based on the technology of active remote sensing laser (also known as Visual Ranging LIDAR) for the
measurement of meteorological and atmospheric parameters applied, initially, to aviation needs. The
innovative system (3D SAFE-TRANS LIDAR) will provide critical information on the state of the
atmosphere in the surrounding area of an airport, thus, increasing the relavant safety procedures.
The system to be developed will contribute significantly towards increased safety for air-travel and towards
optimizing air traffic management.

The main objectives of the proposed project are:
1) The development of an innovative active laser remote sensing system for use in the aviation sector
for increased security and optimizing air traffic and infrastructure management. 

2) Improve atmospheric measurements in real environmental conditions for the system's optimization and adaptation to the various atmospheric and operational condirions in selected Greek airports.

Expected results:

1) Adopt know-how on the development of a prototype 3D scanning lidar for atmospheric measurements (visibility, cloud and aerosol layers' detection, planetary boundary layer height, etc.) to be used in airport safety procedures,

2) Develop of a new lidar prototype for slant measurements of atmospheric parameters (visibility, cloud and aerosol layers' detection, planetary boundary layer height, etc.),

3) Improve meteorological weather forecast models, 

4) Operate the 3D scanning lidar under different meteorological conditions to improve its capability of running under intense meteorological events,

5) Improve research cooperation between Universities and Public Institutions,

6) Contribution to the improvement of the Greek social and economic development (create new positions for young researchers),

7) Increase the competition of the Greek economy,

8) Decrease the CO2 emissions in Greek airports through more efficient airport traffic control.

9) Increase the services provided by the National Hellenic Meteorological Service.

Acknowledgements: This research has been co-financed by the European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call “RESEARCH-CREATE-INNOVATE” (project code: Τ1ΕΔΚ-03147).




Project Title: 
Development of an innovative operational 3D Scanning LIDAR system for real-time meteorological and atmospheric measurements in order to increase safety and efficiency in the aviation and transportation industry (SAFE TRANS)
2018 to 2022
Raymetrics S.A.