Access user story: Afwan Hafiz

Afwan Hafiz, PhD student, Remote-Sensing Laboratory, University of Warsaw

  • What is the context of your research?

My research is focused on improving a Mie-Raman lidar system with fluorescence detection capabilities, thereby enriching its ability to identify and analyze organic and biological aerosols in the atmosphere with greater specificity.

  • Why did you apply to this call (if any)?

When I started my PhD, the field of remote sensing and atmospheric physics was still new to me. Thus, the TNA presented an optimal way to improve my understanding and knowledge on both the science and the instruments behind the fields.
Additionally, recognizing the novelty and scarcity of fluorescence in atmospheric instruments, my supervisor, Prof. Stachlewska, and I identified RADO in Magurele and AGORA in Granada as pivotal sites for my research. AGORA. Our objective was to gain insights into the instrumentation aspects of fluorescence at AGORA and to enhance operational understanding and data interpretation synergies at RADO. Regrettably, plans to engage with AGORA were canceled as the fluorescence channel was still under development.

  • What were the benefits/results of the access to the ATMO-ACCESS services
    for your project?

As a new comer in the field, access to the ATMO-ACCESS services significantly advanced my project by providing me with substantial knowledge of lidar technology for atmospheric analysis and practical experience in its operation and data quality assessment. The hands-on training in lidar instrumentation and data processing has been invaluable for my research, enhancing both my technical skills and my understanding of atmospheric sciences.

  • How was your experience as a user?

The TNA gave me the opportunity not only to obtain knowledge and further understanding on the chosen topic, but I also facilitated me with valuable interactions with experts across related disciplines, broadening my perspective on station operations and research methodologies.
Additionally, the openness of the team to share their insights and experiences were not only instrumental in expanding my understanding of the field, but also made me felt welcomed during the entire visit. Moreover, I was impressed by the well-equipped research site, which showcased state-of-the-art instruments and technology.