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Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research Infrastructure Network

Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research Infrastructure Network

Objective

Climate change is for a large part governed by atmospheric processes, in particular the interaction between radiation and atmospheric components (e.g. aerosols, clouds, greenhouse and trace gases). Some of these components are also those with adverse health effects influencing air quality. Strengthening the ground-based component of the Earth Observing System for these key atmospheric variables has unambiguously been asserted in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and Thematic Strategy on air pollution of the EU. However, a coordinated research infrastructure for these observations is presently lacking. ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network) aims to fill this observational gap through the coordination of European ground-based network of stations equipped with advanced atmospheric probing instrumentation for aerosols, clouds and short-lived trace gases.
ACTRIS is a coordinated network that contributes to: providing long-term observational data relevant to climate and air quality research produced with standardized or comparable procedures; supporting transnational access to large infrastructures strengthening collaboration in and outside the EU and access to high quality information and services to the user communities; developing new integration tools to fully exploit the use of atmospheric techniques at ground-based stations, in particular for the calibration/validation/integration of satellite sensors and for the improvement of global and regional-scale climate and air quality models. ACTRIS supports training of new users in particular young scientists in the field of atmospheric observations and promotes the development of new technologies for atmospheric observation of aerosols, clouds and trace gases through close partnership with SMEs.
ACTRIS will have the essential role to support integrated research actions in Europe for building the scientific knowledge required to support policy issues on air quality and climate change.

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 668 577,60

Administrative Contact

Vincenzo Lapenna (Dr.)

Participants (28)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 079 858

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 479 920

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 605 936

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 521 708

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 404 861

LEIBNIZ INSTITUT FUER TROPOSPHAERENFORSCHUNG e.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 503 882

EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 276 281

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 218 804

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 287 678

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 220 409

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 94 176

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 136 058,20

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 332 580

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 136 536

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 329 423

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 142 785

DEUTSCHER WETTERDIENST

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 404 619

B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

Belarus

EU Contribution

€ 76 608

INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND NUCLEAR ENERGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 82 925

UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 70 364

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE FISICHE DELLA MATERIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 93 000

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR OPTOELECTRONICS

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 91 000

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 157 649

CESKY HYDROMETEOROLOGICKY USTAV

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 82 400

PANNON EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 52 333

INSTITUT ROYAL D'AERONOMIE SPATIALEDE BELGIQUE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 45 800

UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 76 000,20

METEOROLOGISK INSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 127 829

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 262254

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2011

  • End date

    31 March 2015

Funded under:

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 598 422,20

  • EU contribution

    € 7 800 000

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy