As highlighted by the success of the first Conference on Laser-based Weather Control in 2011, ultra-short lasers launched into the atmosphere have emerged as a promising prospective tool for weather modulation and climate studies. Such prospects include lightning control and laser-assisted condensation, as well as the striking similarities between the non-linear optical propagation and natural phenomena like rogue waves or climate bifurcations.

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, meteorologists, and climatologists.

Further strengthening this link is precisely the aim of the second Conference on Laser, Weather and Climate (LWC2013) in Geneva, gathering the most prominent specialists on both sides for tutorial talks, free discussions as well as networking.

Let’s go on building together a new community dedicated to laser-based weather modulation.

We look forward to welcoming you in Geneva!

Jean-Pierre Wolf Jérôme Kasparian
LWC2013 co-chairs