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Mediterranean campaign of photochemical tracers-transport and chemical evolution

Objective

To develop further understanding of the meteorological and chemical evolution of ozone related trace gases in a typical Mediterranean coastal densely urbanised area (the Greater Athens Area).


The project includes both experimental and modelling work. It will address the following general research tasks, directly linked to the specific Mediterranean environment under study :

- study of the chemical and meteorological evolution of ozone related trace gases (over land and sea), modulated by the various synoptic and local meteorological conditions (sea/land breeze circulation, local winds inversion layers, etc.) and their influence on the North European atmospheric composition,
- quantification of background levels of ozone in the Mediterranean urban (semiurban) atmosphere,
- contribution to the improvement/evaluation of available mesoscale photochemical dispersion models and to the design of rational strategies to abate severe photochemical air pollution episodes in coastal urban/industrial Mediterranean areas.

This would be achieved through the conduction of a mesoscale field experiment (over land and sea), involving advanced remote sensing and in-situ analytical chemistry instrumentation, installed on ground based and airborne platforms. The combination of this technology will enable simultaneous measurements of the main ozone related air pollutants and meteorological parameters, over land and sea, with high spatial and temporal resolution.

It will also be possible to get a 3D description of the major mechanisms governing

a) the mesoscale wind flow and
b) the 3D dispersion, transport, exchange processes and chemical transformation of ozone related trace compounds in the planetary boundary layer and in the lower free troposphere (0-5 km).

The outpout dataset of this project will contribute to the evaluation of various mesoscale photochemical and dispersion models, presently available in Europe and elsewhere.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Address
Aristotle University Of Thessaloniki
54006 Thessalonki
Greece

Participants (12)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Route Des Gètines
92371 Verrieres-le-buisson
Elight Laser Systems GmbH
Germany
Address
Potsdammer Straße 10
14513 Teltow
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Kreuzeckbahnstrasse 19
82467 Garmisch-partenkirchen
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Germany
Address
Hohenbachernstraße 22
85354 Freising
Ministry of Environment
Greece
Address
147,Patission
11251 Athens
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH 'DEMOKRITOS'
Greece
Address
Terma Patriarchou Grigoriou
15310 Athens
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
9,Heroon Polytechniou 9
15780 Athens
National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
United Kingdom
Address
Queen's Road
TW11 0LW Teddington
Risø National Laboratory
Denmark
Address
399,Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde
Technological Institute of Piraeus
Greece
Address
250,Petrou Ralli
12244 Athens
UPPSALA UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
6,Villavägen 16
752 36 Uppsala
University of Patras
Greece
Address
Kato Kastritsi
26110 Patras