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megaCITY - Zoom for the ENvironment

megaCITY - Zoom for the ENvironment

Objective

We will determine the air pollution distribution and change in and around hotspots over the last decade from extensive satellite and in-situ observations and we will employ a series of different scale models in order to analyze the impacts of air pollution hot spots on regional and global air quality including potential future changes for various climate scenarios. Focus is on ozone and particulate matter with chemical and physical characterization, and their precursors. The Eastern Mediterranean (Istanbul, Athens, Cairo), the Po Valley, the BeNeLux region, the Pearl River Delta in China (with megacities Guangzhou and Hong Kong) and the hot and polluted European summer 2003 are chosen for intensive case studies. The consortium includes groups from China, Turkey, Greece and Italy, in addition to France, Germany, UK and Norway, with experts on the observations, emission data and models. A set of chemical transport models which connect all the most important spatial and temporal scales will be developed and used to quantify how the observed air pollution arises. The models and emission inventories will be evaluated, errors identified and improved on the urban, regional and global spatial scales. Climate change may cause changes in air pollution in and around hotspots, and hotspot pollution can change precipitation and temperature/albedo. These feedbacks will be studied in scale-bridging model systems based on global climate model scenarios, and in a coupled high resolution chemistry-climate model. The model systems evaluated in the project will be applied to analyse mitigation options in and around hotpots, also taking into account climate change. Best available technologies and sectoral changes will be studied. Several partners have key roles in the technical underpinning of policy. They will ensure that the improved emission inventories, scale-bridging model systems and the systematic observational evidence will have a significant, broad and lasting impact.
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Coordinator

METEOROLOGISK INSTITUTT

Address

Henrik Mohns Plass 1
0313 Oslo

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 400 000

Administrative Contact

Skaali Per Helmer (Mr.)

Participants (15)

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PEKING UNIVERSITY

China

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 175 000

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 250 000

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 350 000

RHEINISCHES INSTITUT FUER UMWELT-FORSCHUNG AN DER UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 225 000

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 175 000

INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

CAIRO UNIVERSITY

Egypt

EU Contribution

€ 25 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212095

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    31 August 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 959 273,36

  • EU contribution

    € 2 915 000

Coordinated by:

METEOROLOGISK INSTITUTT

Norway

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