Filaments generated by ultra-short laser pulses launched into the atmosphere have emerged as an unexpected prospective tool for weather modulation. In particular, lightning control and laser-assisted water condensation recently appeared as spectacular prospects in this direction.

Although these new perspectives triggered an increasing interest and activity in many groups worldwide, the highly interdisciplinary nature of the subject limited its development, due to the need for enhanced contacts between laser and atmospheric physicists, chemists, electrical engineers, and meteorologists.

Establishing such contacts is precisely the aim of the first Conference on Laser-based weather control (LWC2011) in Geneva, gathering the most prominent specialists on both sides for tutorial talks, free discussions as well as networking.

Let’s build together a new community dedicated to laser-based weather modulation.

We look forward to welcoming you in Geneva!

Jean-Pierre Wolf Jérôme Kasparian
LWC2011 co-chairs