aims at further integrating the most advanced European atmospheric simulation chambers into a world-class infrastructure for research and innovation. The project is composed by a coordinated set of networking activities, which deliver improved chamber operability across the infrastructure, as well as standard protocols for data generation and analysis. Trans-national access is provided to sixteen different chambers and four calibration centres, becoming the core of the project. Joint research activities enhance the capability of the infrastructure to provide improved services for users. Cooperation with the private sector a fundamental pillar of the project, and it is necessary to exploit the innovation potential of the infrastructure by supporting development of scientific instruments, sensor technologies and de-polluting materials. Overall, EUROCHAMP-2020 has the goal to significantly enhance the capacity for exploring atmospheric processes and ensure that Europe retains its place in atmospheric simulation chamber research.
The EU-funded FORCeS project aims to detect essential processes that influence aerosol radiative forcing and study data related to aerosols and clouds’ impacts on climate during recent decades. The project will organize workshops among leading European climate scientists and climate specialists aiming to improve European climate models. FORCeS will identify key processes governing aerosol radiative forcing, as well as climate feedbacks related to aerosols and clouds, and improve the knowledge about these processes by bringing together leading European scientists.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis are two highly debilitating chronic respiratory diseases sharing common characteristics, yet presenting opposite roots: the former appears to be intricately related to the exposome while the latter not. The EU-funded REMEDIA project is developing approaches combining the collection of exposome and clinical data, advanced machine learning, the use of atmospheric simulation chambers, and the development of individual sensor devices, in order to address the impact of exposome on the course of these two lung diseases.
ATMO-ACCESS is the organized response of distributed atmospheric research facilities for developing a pilot for a new model of Integrating Activities. The project will deliver a series of recommendations for establishing a comprehensive and sustainable framework for access to distributed atmospheric Research Infrastructures (RI), ensuring integrated access to and optimised use of the services they provide. It will develop and test innovative modalities of access to facilities and complementary to more advanced services, including digital services, developed as part of cross-RI efforts. Project’s research facilities includes ground-based observation stations, simulation chambers, but also mobile facilities and central laboratories that are fundamental elements in distributed RIs.
The Aerosol, Clouds and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure (ACTRIS) is a pan-European research infrastructure producing high-quality data and information on short-lived atmospheric constituents and on the processes leading to the variability of these constituents in natural and controlled atmospheres. Different atmospheric processes are increasingly in the focus of many societal and environmental challenges, such as air quality, health, sustainability and climate change. ACTRIS brings essential information for understanding atmospheric processes and bio-geochemical interactions between the atmosphere and ecosystems. ACTRIS is composed of Observational and Exploratory Platforms, Topical Centres, Data Centre, and Head Office that is coordinating the ACTRIS activities.
The main objective of Research Infrastructures Services Reinforcing Air Quality Monitoring Capacities in European Urban & Industrial AreaS (RI-URBANS) is to develop Service Tools (STs) that will provide novel insights into spatio-temporal variability of air quality parameters, population exposure and air quality health interactions. This will enable to reduce air pollution effects in European cities and industrial hotspots. The project takes on board advanced research-driven Air Quality (AQ) observations at selected European pilot cities. By combining Air Quality Monitoring Networks (AQMNs) and RIs advanced science knowledge and innovative technologies, RI-URBANS deploys tools and information systems in the hands of citizens and communities to support decision-making by AQ managers and regulators. These will enhance the AQMNs capacity to evaluate, predict and mitigate the impact of AQ on human health.
The Chemical Evolution of Gas-and Particulate-Phase Organic Pollutants in the Atmosphere (CHEVOPIN) project will allow the assessment of the effectiveness of policies in-place and the better design of future policies to improve air quality but also to reduce the damages due to climate change. Policy making will be influenced by the CHEVOPIN outcomes; directly by public outreach, and providing relevant results to policy makers, and indirectly by delivering relevant scientific studies to international assessments and organizations that in turn are important in international and European policy making.
The Pan-Hellenic Infrastructure for the Study of Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change (PANACEA) is the only integrated Research Infrastructure (RI) for atmospheric composition and climate change, not only for Greece, but for all of Southern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, an area that has been identified as extremely sensitive for climate change. The project covers the need for the observation and supervision of atmospheric composition, changes in solar radiation, climate change and related natural hazards in Greece. In addition, it pioneers the provision of services in sectors of the economy affected by air pollution and climate change. PANACEA aims to act as a critical point for the next generation of researchers in environmental sciences, to attract promising young researchers to research and industry and to be a bridge between science, industry and entrepreneurship.
The need to identify and characterize organic pollution require the development of sensors and technologies of high specifications and specialized targeting. The Innovative Integrated Mass Spectrometry Sensor System for Characterization of Atmospheric Pollutants (IMSAP) project aims to the evolution of a prototype analytical device for the characterization of organic air pollution. The innovative and prototype device will be able to respond to current research developments and market needs and will be a unique instrument, with high standards in the mass spectrometry market.