29 June 2012
New!  JTech and JApplMetClim have agreed to having Special Issues of their journals for papers from ISARS 2012.  Read more...
29 June 2012
New!  ISARS 2014 will be in Auckland, New Zealand in the southern summer/spring of 2014. The symposium will be hosted at the University of Auckland. Further details will be available when the ISARS 2014 web page is set up.
13 June 2012
The ISARS 2012 Extended Abstract Volume is now available for download.
ISARS 2010 was held in Paris, France 28-30 June 2010. The April 2012 Boundary Layer Meteorology special issue from the symposium is now available online.

16th International Symposium for the Advancement of
Boundary-Layer Remote Sensing


This is the official web site for the 16th International Symposium for the Advancement of Boundary-Layer Remote Sensing – ISARS 2012. The symposium will be held 5-8 June 2012, in Boulder, Colorado, USA.


ISARS was founded in 1981 as the International Society of Acoustic Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Oceans. ISARS organizes a symposium every two years on Remote Sensing and Associated Techniques of the Atmosphere and Oceans, with a particular focus on Atmospheric and Oceanic Boundary Layers and related applications.

Symposium Overview

This year's symposium will be hosted by the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories. It will be convened in plenary, oral sessions and poster sessions. Focus topics include:

Innovation and Potential New Directions

  • Out-of-the-box ideas and new directions for boundary-layer remote sensing

Ground-Based Remote Sensor Development

  • The Physical Basis for Remote Sensing of Atmospheric and Oceanic Boundary Layers
  • Development and Evaluation of Remote Sensing Technology
  • Integrated Remote Sensing Systems and Supporting In-Situ Technology
  • Advances in Observational Networks

Ground-Based Remote Sensing in Boundary-Layer Science

  • The Boundary Layer at Air, Land, Sea and/or Ice Interfaces
  • Complex Terrain Meteorology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (including atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemistry)
  • Combining Ground-Based and Satellite Remote Sensing Data for Boundary-Layer Research and Monitoring

Studies and Modeling of Boundary-Layer Physics

  • Studies of Physical Processes in Oceanic and Atmospheric Boundary Layers
  • Data Assimilation, Model Assessment and Parameterizations

Operational Applications

  • Wind Energy (Sessions will be scheduled for 7-8 June to avoid conflict with the AWEA meeting in Atlanta)
  • Air Quality
  • Aviation
  • Urban Meteorology
  • Complex and/or Harsh Environments (Coastal, Mountainous, Polar, etc.)