Sea Spray Aerosol workshop

30 Sep & 01 October, 2013

Harbour Hotel, Galway, Ireland

FMI, NUIG and TNO will organize a sea spray aerosol (SSA) workshop in Galway, Ireland, on 30 September and 1 October 2013. The focus of the workshop is on the production of SSA particles, and the use of SSA source functions in climate models to determine direct and indirect radiative effects of SSA particles on the Earth radiation balance. There will be a focus on the role of satellite observations, both for the determination of SSA production and for model evaluation.

The workshop will be organized in the context of the OceanFlux Sea Spray Aerosol project (OSSA, see for more information), one of the three projects supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of the ESA STSE (Support To Science Element) in cooperation with the Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS,

The workshop will run over two full days, starting 09:00 am. Each day includes two half-day sessions with different foci. Each session is foreseen to include invited oral presentations of 15 min each, followed by working group discussion addressing the current status of research and the way forward. Topics addressed are:

  • Sea Spray Aerosol Production & Fluxes: In-situ Experiments
  • Sea Spray Aerosol Production & Fluxes: Laboratory Experiments
  • Earth Observation & Large-Scale Modelling of Production/Dispersion
  • Earth Observation & Large-Scale Modelling Direct/Indirect Climate Effects

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

An optional visit to Mace Head is offered on Wednesday 2 October. If you are interested in participated in this tour please tick the box on the registration website.

For registration, hotel information and Mace Head tour please click 'register' and provide the requested information. Registration deadline: 1 September 2013.

Note that traveling to/from Galway may take some time and therefore participants are advised to arrive on Sunday 29 October and leave the day after the ending of the workshop (or the day after the Mace head tour).


A block reservation for 16 rooms has been made in the Radisson, ca. 5 min walking from the Harbour Hotel: 100 euro night incl. breakfast. Booking reference ODowd. Ten meters from bus and train station. Please make your own reservations asap. The block reservation will expire on 15 Sep.

Travel from Dublin airport:

Link to bus schedules from Dublin and Shannon airport: There are two bus companies operating from Dublin airport to Galway city, it is a convenient service, leaving Airport every 30 min, travel time ~3h. Timetables:



Travel from Shannon airport:

Connection Shannon Airport-Galway is only a few times per day (check the timetable provided), but the travel time is less than 2 hours. Check if it is convenient for your flight. Timetables:

Bus Eireann Bus

Map of Galway:

Map of Galway with Harbour hotel and bus stations