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FOstering Nitrogen Deposition Assessment over Portugal

Objective

The Portuguese ecThe Portuguese ecosystems belong to the most nitrogen (N) sensitive in the world and are being threatened by N deposition. Current assessments indicate that the scenario’s compliant to the National Emissions Ceiling (NEC) Directive show that this situation is not about to change even with the significant emission reductions planned until 2030 in Europe. Hence, the Portuguese ecosystems remain at risk, but current research and policy support capacity are lacking.

FONDA twinning proposal aims to further develop the expertise of University of Aveiro (UAVR, Portugal) in the field of modelling & mapping the emissions, transport, transformation and deposition of reactive nitrogen (Nr) compounds, through a strategic research partnership with TNO (the Netherlands) and the Free University of Berlin (FUB, Germany) - moving towards a highly productive scientific research group. Understanding the budget of N species is of great importance to better understand the interactions/feedbacks between atmospheric chemistry, biodiversity and climate change. The two internationally leading groups are complementary in their orientation towards fundamental science and education (FUB) and applied science and policy support (TNO). Together, they are responsible for the N deposition mapping for Germany and the innovation therein. The key role of UAVR will be to coordinate this consortium of excellence in the air quality modelling field, while developing and increasing its knowledge, expertise and reputation on N science.

Besides the strength of UAVR excellence in the field of air quality by building a national capacity and infrastructure to independently quantify nation-wide N deposition; FONDA aims to train a new generation of highly skilled researchers by offering innovative education and advanced training programs for researchers in their early career stages & develop an innovation framework that is sustainable and allows for strategic collaboration after the project.

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO
Net EU contribution
€ 677 306,00
Address
Campus Universitário De Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
Portugal

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Region
Continente Centro (PT) Região de Aveiro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 677 306,00

Participants (2)

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 190 795,00
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie ’s-Gravenhage
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 190 795,00
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 256 171,00
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin

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Region
Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 256 171,00