FaunaPhotonics co-founder wins two awards

Mikkel Brydegaard Sørensen wins International Coordination-group for Laser Atmospheric Studies (ICLAS) Inaba Award at the 27th International Laser Radar Conference (ILRC). He won the award for his outstanding paper on “Daily Evolution of the Insect Biomass Spectrum in an Agricultural Landscape Accessed with Lidar”.  The paper was on measurements of atmospheric insect fauna intercepted by a static lidar transect over arable and pastoral land over one day. With observations of a quarter million of events which are calibrated to optical cross section. The biomass spectra are derived from the size distribution and presented against space and time. He discussed detection limits and instrument biasing and related the insect observations to relevant ecological landscape features and land use. Future directions and improvements of the technique was also outlined.

ICLAS Inaba is awarded during each ILRC to an individual under the age of 40 who is judged to have presented the best paper at the ILRC. This award is given every 2 years and there has been a total of 12 recipients.

The Edmund Optics Award recognizes cutting-edge research furthering the science of optical innovation. Mikkel won the silver prize for developing laser radar for monitoring the atmospheric fauna.

ICLAS INABA and Edmund Optics

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