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Particles of human origin extinguishing natural solar irradiance in climate systems

Particles of human origin extinguishing natural solar irradiance in climate systems

Objective

PHOENICS is a global modelling project to study the direct climate effect of multi-component mixed troposphere aerosols. The potentially great climatic importance of aerosols urgently requires improvement of the estimates of the climate effect of aerosols and better evaluation of the associated uncertainties. Innovative size-resolved simulations of the distribution and properties of the mixture of all major aerosol components will be performed with a global 3-dimensional atmospheric general circulation model to assess the direct effect of aerosols. Several of the main uncertainties associated with this effect will be quantified and reduced by model improvement, comparison to selected observations and optimal use of satellite data. The impact of European emissions on the European and global environment and climate, and the influence of other world regions on Europe will be assessed focusing on the role of the Mediterranean.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF CRETE

Address

Leoforos Knosou, Ampelokipi
71409 Iraklion

Greece

Administrative Contact

Christos NIKOLAOU

Participants (9)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES

Italy

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF LILLE

France

WISE & MUNRO LEARNING RESEARCH

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK2-CT-2001-00098

  • Start date

    1 January 2002

  • End date

    31 March 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 658 332

  • EU contribution

    € 1 937 290

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF CRETE

Greece