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Formaldehyde as a tracer of photooxidation in the troposphere

Objective

There are still uncertainties regarding the processes behind troposphere ozone formation. The aim is to increase our insight into these processes . The main objective of FORMAT is to obtain better knowledge of the regional and global distribution of formaldehyde, an important intermediate in the oxidation of hydrocarbons to CO and a source of oxidative radicals. This can lead to better prediction of smog episodes and to better quantification of emissions from biomass burning. A socio-economic WP will quantify the benefits from the project. The objectives will be reached by measurements and modelling . Measurements will be done from the ground, aircraft and satellites . 3-D chemical transport models will be used: a regional model covering Europe and a global model. FORMAT will give better insight in ozone formation processes and hence give better prediction of smog episodes.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR AIR RESEARCH
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller
Norway

Participants (6)

CHALMERS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Sweden
Address
Kemigarden 3
412 96 Goeteborg
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
Italy
Address
Via Enrico Fermi Tp 290
21020 Ispra
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH - TECHNIK UND UMWELT
Germany
Address
Kreuzeckbahnstrasse 19
82467 Garmisch-partenkirchen
RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG
Germany
Address
Im Neuenheimer Feld 229
69117 Heidelberg
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
Address
.,Otto-hahn-allee
28334 Bremen
UNIVERSITY OF OSLO
Norway
Address
Moltke Moes Vei 31
0315 Oslo