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A European Network for Atmospheric Hydrogen observations and studies

Objective

We propose to initialise a European Network for observations of molecular Hydrogen and to put in place a new and consistent calibration scale for molecular Hydrogen. The observational network will have 12 continuous measurements sites in Europe, 7 flask-sampling sites in Europe and 6 global flask-sampling sites. Concerning the European sites, a range of observation from clean air stations for measurements of atmospheric background to moderately polluted (e.g. urban outflow) and urban (i.e. polluted) sites was chosen.

This will enable to improve the understanding of hydrogen in the global background atmosphere and of the impact of European emissions on the present day atmosphere, e.g. using local modelling techniques and radon flux calculations. We further propose to perform budget studies of molecular hydrogen (on a global and regional scale) and to study sinks and sources. Especially the important soil sink will be studied (mechanistically and experimentally).

A first systematic study of isotopic composition of molecular hydrogen in the atmosphere is proposed, using observations from global and European flask sampling sites and global models, which hydrogen isotope fractionation processes will be incorporated. Global and regional models will be used to investigate the budget of atmospheric hydrogen, by comparing mixing ratios and isotope ratios between model and observations and by varying underlying model emission patterns.

The Proposal further includes some studies to assess the impact of atmospheric hydrogen on the present day atmosphere, i.e. the influence on the oxidation capacity of the troposphere, the lifetimes of greenhouse gases like CH4 and on the stratospheric budgets of water vapour and ozone. Some exploratory studies will be carried out to investigate these impacts under changed atmospheric hydrogen levels, associated with the use of hydrogen as a carrier of economy.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-GLOBAL-4
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Address
Senckenberganlage 31
Frankfurt Am-main
Germany

Participants (17)

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE.
United Kingdom
Address
Egham Hill
Egham, Surrey
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
Address
Problemveien 7
1072 Blindern Oslo
RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITÄT HEIDELBERG
Germany
Address
Seminarstrasse 2
Heidelberg
AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA
Poland
Address
Al. Mickiewicza 30
Krakow
EIDGENOESSISCHE MATERIALPRUEFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
Duebendorf
ILMATIETEEN LAITOS (FINNISH METEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE)
Finland
Address
Erik Palmenin Aukio 1
Helsinki
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
Paris
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)
France
Address
31-33 Rue De La Federation
Paris
MET OFFICE
United Kingdom
Address
Fitzroy Road
Exeter
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Address
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
Utrecht
UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
United Kingdom
Address
University Plain
Norwich
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
Muenchen
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING
Norway
Address
Instituttveien 18
Kjeller
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH
Germany
Address
Leo-brandt-str.
Juelich
VOEIKOV MAIN GEOPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY RESEARCH CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC REMOTE SENSING
Russia
Address
Settlement Voeikovo, Vsevologsky Region
Leningradskaya Area
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI URBINO "CARLO BO"
Italy
Address
Via Saffi, 2
Urbino