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Monitoring and Assessment of Regional air quality in China using space Observations,
Project Of Long-term sino-european co-Operation

Objective

Due to the strong economic growth in the China in the past decade, air pollution has become a serious issue in many parts of the country. Therefore, up-to-date regional air pollution information and means of emission control for the main pollutants are important for China. Especially, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze River and the Pearl River deltas are known as three focal regions with serious air pollution where air quality policies are very important.
Within the FP6 project AMFIC atmospheric environmental monitoring over China was addressed by a team of both Chinese and European scientists. Within AMFIC it was concluded that modelling of air quality and therefore the forecast capabilities are hampered by the rapidly changing emissions due to economic growth. In addition, air quality measures could not directly be related to changes in emissions.
Therefore, within the follow-up proposal - MarcoPolo - the focus will be on emission estimates from space and the refinement of these emission estimates by spatial downscaling and by source sector apportionment. Air pollutants cover both anthropogenic and biogenic sources. A wide range of satellite data will be used from various instruments. From these satellite data, emission estimates will be made for NOx, SO2, PM and biogenic sources. With various state-of-the-art techniques emission inventories will be created and intercompared. By combining these emission data with known information from the ground a new emission database for MarcoPolo will be constructed. Due to the strongly growing economy in China regular emission inventories are quickly outdated. Within MarcoPolo we will have a monthly update of the emissions based on the latest satellite observations. The improved emission inventory is input to regional air quality models on meso-scale and urban-scale. End-users and decision makers will be informed about air quality via visualized model results and forecasts.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT-KNMI
Address
Utrechtseweg 297
3731 GA De Bilt
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 339 775
Administrative Contact
Ronald Van Der A (Dr)

Participants (14)

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Petridou (Ms)
INSTITUT ROYAL D'AERONOMIE SPATIALEDE BELGIQUE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 159 935
Address
Avenue Circulaire 3
1180 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Trissevgeni Stavrakou (Dr)
DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 159 969
Address
Lyngbyvej 100
2100 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexander Baklanov (Dr)
DIMOKRITIO PANEPISTIMIO THRAKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 129 600
Address
Panepistimioupoli Rectorate Building
69100 Komotini
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Konstantinos Kourtidis (Prof)
ILMATIETEEN LAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 189 648
Address
Erik Palmenin Aukio 1
00560 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gerrit De Leeuw (Prof)
INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS OFCHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 109 350
Address
Building 7 Huayanli Qijiahuozi Deshengmenwai
100029 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jianhui Bai (Dr)
ISARDSAT SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Congres 49 51
08031 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vinyals Lluís (Mr)
ETHNIKO ASTEROSKOPEIO ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Lofos Nymfon
11810 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vassilis Amiridis (Dr)
HEFEI INSTITUTES OF PHISICAL SCIENCES CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 49 680
Address
Dongpudao 350
230031 Hefei
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pinhua Xie (Prof)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 159 621
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elly Van Den Akker-Blaazer (Ms)
PEKING UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 99 720
Address
The Summer Palace Road 5
100871 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Limin Zeng (Prof)
TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 99 720
Address
Qing Hua Yuan
100084 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Qiang Zhang (Prof)
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 190 362
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nele Veldeman (Dr)
LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 10 000
Address
Holloway Road 166 220
N7 8DB London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yong Xue (Dr)