International Projects

V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics takes part in a lot of international projects and programs:


The AERONET (AErosol RObotic NETwork) program is a federation of ground-based remote sensing aerosol networks established by NASA and LOA-PHOTONS (CNRS) and is greatly expanded by collaborators from national agencies, institutes, universities, individual scientists, and partners. The program provides a long-term, continuous and readily accessible public domain database of aerosol optical, mircrophysical and radiative properties for aerosol research and characterization, validation of satellite retrievals, and synergism with other databases. The network imposes standardization of instruments, calibration, processing and distribution.

AERONET collaboration provides globally distributed observations of spectral aerosol optical Depth (AOD), inversion products, and precipitable water in diverse aerosol regimes. Aerosol optical depth data are computed for three data quality levels: Level 1.0 (unscreened), Level 1.5 (cloud-screened), and Level 2.0 (cloud screened and quality-assured). Inversions, precipitable water, and other AOD-dependent products are derived from these levels and may implement additional quality checks.


The YAK-AEROSIB (Airborne Extensive Regional Observations in SIBeria) project aims to establish systematic airborne observations of the atmospheric composition over Siberia.
The YAK-AEROSIB is a bilateral cooperation coordinated by researchers from LSCE in France and Institute of Atmospheric Optics in Russia, involving teams from several laboratories in both countries, and active in several international collaborations. Coordination: Jean-Daniel Paris (LSCE, FR) and Boris D. Belan (IAO, RU).
The objective of the YAK-AEROSIB project is to establish systematic observations of atmospheric concentrations in CO2, CH4, CO, O3 and aerosols over the interior of Eurasia. Those measurements will be collected during several years onboard of a research airplane, over a transcontinental route between Western and Eastern Siberia. Observations of CO2 and CO gradients in the lower and middle troposphere will serve to infer the sources of those gases due to anthropogenic activities and biomass burning, using inverse modelling techniques. Observations of O3 and CO2 interpreted with chemistry-transport models will serve to quantify the chemical and dynamical processes which yield to the formation and long range transport of O3 in the Northern Hemisphere.


The VAMDC Project aims to be an interoperable e-infrastructure that provides the international research community with access to a broad range of atomic and molecular (A&M) data compiled within a set of A&M databases accessible through the provision of this portal and of user software. Furthermore VAMDC aims to provide A&M data providers and compilers with a large dissemination platform for their work.

Currently VAMDC has 33 databases.


International Associated Laboratory SAMIA (Absorption spectroscopy of molecules of interest in atmospheric sciences and planetology: from instrumental developments to global modelling and databases) organized by IAO (Russia) and CNRS, Université Grenoble Alpes, Université de Champagne France).

Monitoring of Greenhouse Gases over Siberia

The International Program Monitoring of Greenhouse Gases over Siberia was started by the Center for Global Environmental Research of the National Institute for Environmental Studies (Japan). The main objective of the Program is better understanding of the role of the terrestrial biosphere in the global cycle of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Toward this end,  aircraft observations over Siberia are carried out in cooperation with Russian research institutions.