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megaCITY - Zoom for the ENvironment

Objective

We will determine the air pollution distribution and change in and around hotspots over the last decade from extensive satellite and in-situ observations and we will employ a series of different scale models in order to analyze the impacts of air pollution hot spots on regional and global air quality including potential future changes for various climate scenarios. Focus is on ozone and particulate matter with chemical and physical characterization, and their precursors. The Eastern Mediterranean (Istanbul, Athens, Cairo), the Po Valley, the BeNeLux region, the Pearl River Delta in China (with megacities Guangzhou and Hong Kong) and the hot and polluted European summer 2003 are chosen for intensive case studies. The consortium includes groups from China, Turkey, Greece and Italy, in addition to France, Germany, UK and Norway, with experts on the observations, emission data and models. A set of chemical transport models which connect all the most important spatial and temporal scales will be developed and used to quantify how the observed air pollution arises. The models and emission inventories will be evaluated, errors identified and improved on the urban, regional and global spatial scales. Climate change may cause changes in air pollution in and around hotspots, and hotspot pollution can change precipitation and temperature/albedo. These feedbacks will be studied in scale-bridging model systems based on global climate model scenarios, and in a coupled high resolution chemistry-climate model. The model systems evaluated in the project will be applied to analyse mitigation options in and around hotpots, also taking into account climate change. Best available technologies and sectoral changes will be studied. Several partners have key roles in the technical underpinning of policy. They will ensure that the improved emission inventories, scale-bridging model systems and the systematic observational evidence will have a significant, broad and lasting impact.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/air pollution engineering
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology/climatic changes

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

METEOROLOGISK INSTITUTT
Address
Henrik Mohns Plass 1
0313 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Administrative Contact
Skaali Per Helmer (Mr.)

Participants (15)

PEKING UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
The Summer Palace Road 5
100871 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yuan-Hang Zhang (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Julie Zittel (Ms.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS
France
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Parc Technologique Alata
60550 Verneuil En Halatte
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fabienne Mathieu-Gouteyron (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Susanne Themm (Ms.)
RHEINISCHES INSTITUT FUER UMWELT-FORSCHUNG AN DER UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Aachener Strasse 209
50931 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hermann Jakobs (Dr.)
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Petra Insberg (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
University Campus Gallos
74100 Rethimno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Michelidaki (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Franco Prodi (Prof.)
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Heidi Fjeldstad (Ms.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Petter Gøde Hovind (Mr.)
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nilgün Nezihe Kubilay (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
University Road
LE1 7RH Leicester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marie Singer (Ms.)
INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE
Austria
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Schlossplatz 1
2361 Laxenburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Susan Riley (Ms.)
ETHNIKO ASTEROSKOPEIO ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 75 000
Address
Lofos Nymfon
11810 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sofia Chrisafi (Dr.)
CAIRO UNIVERSITY
Egypt
EU contribution
€ 25 000
Address
Al Orman Guiza
12613 Giza
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ahmed Fahmy Yousef (Dr.)