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Biogenic aerosols and air quality in the mediterranean area

Objective

The project aspires to understand and quantify the relative contribution of bioorganic components to the observed aerosol concentration levels in Mediterranean environment and to develop and validate a 3-D aerosol/photochemical/radiative modelling tool, enabling the assessment of the bioorganic contribution to aerosols and the radiative forcing by these on climate. These goals will be satisfied through the implementation of laboratory experiments, field measurements. The proposed project focuses on two representative Mediterranean regions with elevated bioorganic emissions and sufficient degree of diversity (Marseilles, Athens). However, the overall methodology will be applicable to any other European region. The project results (3-D aerosol modelling tool, inventories and development methodology, chemical mechanisms of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation and assessment of radiative forcing by SOA on regional scale) should enable the formulation of cost-effective aerosol control, mitigation strategies and measures thus, avoiding wasted expenditures and delays in reaching attainment of targets.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH 'DEMOKRITOS'
Address
Aghia Paraskevi, Attikis
15310 Athens
Greece

Participants (7)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Rue Blessig 1
67084 Strasbourg
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
Italy
Address
Via Enrico Fermi Tp 290
21020 Ispra
NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR AIR RESEARCH
Norway
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller
UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR, STRASBOURG 1
France
Address
Rue Blessig 1
67084 Strasbourg
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Finland
Address
Siltavuorenpenger 20 D
00014 Helsinki
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK - UNIVERSITY OF ODENSE
Denmark
Address
55,Campusvej 55
5230 Odense
UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN
Greece
Address
17,Karantoni 17
81100 Mytilini