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In the European Commission's Third Framework Programme of Community research and technological development, aerosol problems are of particular importance in the specific programmes mentioned below. In the Environment programme, significant efforts are directed towards monitoring natural and anthropogenic aerosols in the atmosphere, understanding their role in ecosystem regulation, and the development of techniques to reduce aerosol emission from industrial plants. To ensure Nuclear Fission Safety, investigations are necessary to identify the mechanisms and determine the quantities of fission product aerosols released in the event of an accident, and to develop measures for aerosol retention in such cases. In Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations the problem of aerosol formation and dispersion arises during dismantling operations. Industrial and Materials Technologies requires information on aerosols ranging from welding fumes, asbestos fibres, lead compounds and quartz particles to aerosol/vapour mixtures of toxic products, aerosols from biotechnology industries and airborne micro-organisms. Finally, for Measurement and Testing, reference aerosols are needed for calibration purposes and to improve and harmonise particle counting and characterisation. A brief summary of examples for each of the above activities is given, together with a description of aerosol problems still to be solved.

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Authors: VAN GEEL J, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);MAGILL J, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);SCMIDT H E, JRC Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: European Aerosol Conference, Oxford (GB), September 6-11, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37141 ORA
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