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Simone Lolli is a permanent senior scientist for the Italian National Research Council and scientific Co-PI of the NASA MPLNET Lidar Network. He is also graduate program faculty associate member of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and adjunct professor for the Department of Physics at Kent State University (KSU, Florence Campus) . In the last years, Simone developed significant experience in applied atmospheric remote sensing techniques, both from space and from ground, to study aerosol, cloud and precipitation optical, geometrical and microphysical properties, as well as their interaction with climate, meteorology, air quality and global earth-atmosphere energy budget. He also participated in several field campaigns in South-East Asia in the frame of NASA 7-SEAS mission. Simone holds a Ph.D. degree in Physics from the École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France and an M.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Florence, Italy. He has lived in four countries and speaks Italian, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. His colleagues describe him as detail-focused, organized, and goal-oriented.

Interest areas:

Radiative transfer, Aerosols, Lidar, Image Fusion, Clouds, Precipitations, Interaction aerosol-clouds


International Ids

Scopus Author ID: 26032229000


Google Scholar H-Index: 22
Scopus H-Index: 21
ISI-WoS H-Index: 21


Company: SSAI, Science Systems and Applications, Inc (NASA Contractor)
Time period: 04/2019 - today

Development of an automatic algorithm to detect precipitation from NASA MPLNET lidar network

Adjunct Professor
Company: Università degli Studi di Firenze, Facoltà di Ingegneria
Company web site:
Time period: 06/2017 - today

Adjunct Professor in: Elaborazione dei dati nei sistemi di Telerilevamento

Senior Scientist (II livello)
Company: CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Time period: 01/2021 - today

Adjunct Professor
Company: KENT STATE University
Time period: 02/2020 - today

Frontiers in Astronomy (PHY21430) professor for the American Academy Program.

Company: CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Time period: 03/2017 - 12/2020

Adjunct Professor
Company: University of Baltimore Maryland County (UMBC) - 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD-21228, USA
Time period: 03/2015 - 03/2017

Research Assistant Professor of Computational Physics (PHYS440/640)

Assistant Research Scientist
Company: NASA Goddar SpaceFlightCenter - Bld 33, Mesoscale and Atmospheric Process Laboratory, Greenbelt, MD-20771, USA
Time period: 01/2012 - 03/2017

Adjunct Full Professor
Company: China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) - Xuzhou, China
Time period: 05/2020 -

Full professor of Introduction on Quantitative Remote Sensing


Scientific projects

Role: MPLNET Scientific Responsible in the frame of 7-SEAS NASA Mission
Participation time period: 09/2013 - today

Role: Member of the scientific committee of the NASA MPLNET lidar network
Participation time period: 01/2012 - today
Involved organizations: NASA GSFC;

Teamworks, commissions or organisms

SOOT&SEA : Impacts du Black Carbon in South-East Asia
Role: Scientific PI for lidar activity
Participation time period: 09/2018 - today

SOOT-SEA is organized around a targeted theme (i.e., BC), calling for interdisciplinarity between atmospheric and marine sciences, and bridging intertwined climate, ecosystems and health issues. The main scientific objectives are:

to determine the impact of BC on the biological carbon pump and its feedback on atmospheric CO2 concentration, to determine the impact of BC on the transfer of contaminants to the marine food web, to improve BC emissions inventories in South East Asia and determine ocean input, by establishing a regional monitoring network for measuring concentrations and characteristics of BC in the atmospheric, riverine and marine compartments, to develop an atmosphere / ocean modeling framework describing the climate, biogeochemical and health impacts of BC. In addition to its scientific objectives, SOOT&SEA also aims to:

stimulate the development of research projects, promote South-South and South-North interactions, enable regional coordination of a transboundary issue with global implications, provide the international visibility required to engage with national and international organizations, stakeholders and policy makers to mobilize funding.

International Symposium of Tropospheric Profiling (ISTP)
Related working experience: Assistant Research Scientist
Role: Member of the scientific committee

Teaching and scientific spreading

Introduction to the new MPLNET Lidar Network V3 Site for atmospheric studies
Related working experience: Assistant Research Scientist
Location: Silpakorn University, Thailand
Role: Visiting Professor
Participation time period: 01/2016 - 01/2016

Short Course on Lidar instrument for Atmospheric Studies
Related working experience: Assistant Research Scientist
Location: Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.
Role: Visiting Professor
Participation time period: 11/2013 - 11/2013


Penang Island Atmospheric Profiling using a Ground-based Lidar instrument
Related working experience: Assistant Research Scientist
Role: Advisor
Participation time period: 01/2013 - today

National/International awards

Best Reviewer in Geoscience 2019
Related working experience: Researcher
Participation time period: - today

UMBC Noteworthy Spotlight Research
Participation time period: 02/2017 - 02/2017

NASA Research Spotlight
Related working experience: Researcher
Participation time period: 01/2015 - 12/2016

The manuscript "Tosca, M. G., Campbell, J., Garay, M., Lolli, S., Seidel, F. C., Marquis, J., & Kalashnikova, O. (2017). Attributing Accelerated Summertime Warming in the Southeast United States to Recent Reductions in Aerosol Burden: Indications from Vertically-Resolved Observations. Remote Sensing, 9(7), 674." was selected for NASA website spotlight for innovation and results provided

Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher
Participation time period: 11/2016 - 11/2016

NRL Alan Berman Research Publication Award
Related working experience: Adjunct Professor
Involved organizations: NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY - NRL;

NRL Alan Berman Research Publication Award for the paper: "Campbell, J., S. Lolli, J. Lewis, Y. Gu, and E. Welton, 2016: Daytime Cirrus Cloud Top-of-the-Atmosphere Radiative Forcing Properties at a Midlatitude Site and Their Global Consequences. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 55, 1667-1679, doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0217.1. NRL/JA/7540/15-132 15-1231-2333

Specific tasks

Optical Society of America "Spotlight on Optics"
Role: Scientific Responsible
Participation time period: 11/2016 - 12/2016


Doctorat en Physique
Ecole Polytechnique - Paris, France
Grade: 100/100 cum Laude
Graduation date: 2011-12-09
Thesis: Development of a UV direct detection Doppler wind Lidar in the frame of ADM/AEOLUS project and VALID intercomparison campaign,

Laurea in Fisica
Università degli Studi di Firenze


Production Understanding
Written Oral Written Oral Notes
English - Full professional proficiency
French - Native or bilingual proficiency
German - Professional working proficiency
Spanish; Castilian - Professional working proficiency
Portuguese - Professional working proficiency
Romanian; Moldavian; Moldovan - Elementary proficiency

Research activities classification (ERC)


Curriculum Vitae

Research products

Huang, Tao; Yang, Yuanjian; O'Connor, Ewan James; Lolli, Simone; Haywood, Jim; Osborne, Martin; Cheng, Jack Chin Ho; Guo, Jianping; Yim, Steve Hung Lam

+ Influence of a weak typhoon on the vertical distribution of air pollution in Hong Kong: A perspective from a Doppler LiDAR network

(2021) in Environmental pollution (1987)
Huang T.; Li Y.; Cheng J.C.H.; Haywood J.; Hon K.K.; Lam D.H.Y.; Lee O.S.M.; Lolli S.; O'Connor E.J.; Lee H.F.; Wang M.; Yim S.H.L.

+ Assessing Transboundary-Local Aerosols Interaction Over Complex Terrain Using a Doppler LiDAR Network

(2021) in Geophysical research letters
Landi, Tony C.; Bonasoni, Paolo; Brunetti, Michele; Campbell, James R.; Marquis, Jared W.; Di Girolamo, Paolo; Lolli, Simone

+ Aerosol direct radiative effects under cloud-free conditions over highly-polluted areas in europe and mediterranean: A ten-years analysis (2007-2016)

(2021) in Remote sensing (Basel)
McHardy, Theodore M.; Campbell, James R.; Peterson, David A.; Lolli, Simone; Bankert, Richard L.; Garnier, Anne; Kuciauskas, Arunas P.; Surratt, Melinda L.; Marquis, Jared W.; Miller, Steven D.; Dolinar, Erica K.; Dong, Xiquan

+ Advancing maritime transparent cirrus detection using the advanced baseline imager "cirrus" band

(2021) in Journal of atmospheric and oceanic technology
Yang, Hao; Fang, Zhiyuan; Cao, Ye; Xie, Chenbo; Zhou, Tian; Wang, Bangxin; Xing, Kunming; Lolli, Simone

+ Impacts of Transboundary Dust Transport on Aerosol Pollution in the Western Yangtze River Delta Region, China: Insights Gained From Ground-Based Lidar and Satellite Observations

(2021) in Earth and Space Science
Vivone, Gemine; D'Amico, Giuseppe; Summa, Donato; Lolli, Simone; Amodeo, Aldo; Bortoli, Daniele; Pappalardo, Gelsomina

+ Atmospheric boundary layer height estimation from aerosol lidar: A new approach based on morphological image processing techniques

(2021) in Atmospheric chemistry and physics (Print)
Yang Y.; Fan S.; Wang L.; Gao Z.; Zhang Y.; Zou H.; Miao S.; Li Y.; Huang M.; Yim S.H.L.; Lolli S.

+ Diurnal evolution of the wintertime boundary layer in urban beijing, china: Insights from doppler lidar and a 325-m meteorological tower

(2020) in Remote sensing (Basel)
Zheng, Zuofang; Zhao, Chun; Lolli, Simone; Wang, Xiaodong; Wang, Yaoting; Ma, Xiaoyan; Li, Qingchun; Yang, Yuanjian

+ Diurnal variation of summer precipitation modulated by air pollution: observational evidences in the beijing metropolitan area

(2020) in Environmental research letters
Dolinar, Erica K.; Campbell, James R.; Lolli, Simone; Ozog, Scott C.; Yorks, John E.; Camacho, Christopher; Gu, Yu; Bucholtz, Anthony; McGill, Matthew J.

+ Sensitivities in Satellite Lidar-Derived Estimates of Daytime Top-of-the-Atmosphere Optically Thin Cirrus Cloud Radiative Forcing: A Case Study

(2020) in Geophysical research letters
Campbell, James R.; Dolinar, Erica K.; Lolli, Simone; Fochesatto, Gilberto J.; Gu, Yu; Lewis, Jasper R.; Marquis, Jared W.; McHardy, Theodore M.; Ryglicki, David R.; Welton, Ellsworth J.

+ Cirrus cloud top-of-the-atmosphere net daytime forcing in the Alaskan subarctic from ground-based mplnet monitoring

(2020) in Journal of applied meteorology and climatology
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