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The PEGASOS consortium consists of 26 Partners from 12 EU countries and 3 associated countries. The figure below shows the geographical location of all the consortium partners.


Geographical distribution of PEGASOS participants


Clicking on the logos will direct you to each partner's webpage.

01. Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FORTH) Greece

The Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes (ICE-HT) of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) was established in 1984, and is one of the seven research institutes that constitute FORTH. Currently, ICE-HT runs 50 RTD projects in cooperation with industry, universities and research institutes from all over the world. ICE-HT has more than 110 staff members and research associates (40 of which are PhD holders). ICE-HT is in close cooperation with the Department of Chemical Engineering in the University of Patras and the Environmental Chemical Processes Laboratory (ECPL) of the U. of Crete. The air quality team has approximately 20 years of experience in the study of urban, regional, and global air quality and is currently participating in the EUCAARI, MEGAPOLI, CITYZEN, and EUSAAR projects.

02. Forschungzentrum Jülich GmbH (JÜLICH) Germany

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German National Research Centres. With 4400 staff members JULICH is the largest interdisciplinary research centre in Germany focusing its research in the fields of health, environment and energy, and information technology. The Institute for Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere (ICG) comprises the geophysical, geochemical and environmental expertise in the Forschungszentrum Julich in four institutes: ICG-1: Stratosphere, ICG-2: Troposphere, ICG-3: Phytosphere, ICG-4: Agrosphere. The ICG-2: Troposphere has over 25 years of experience in the field of Atmospheric Chemistry with a particular strong focus on the measurements of trace gases and global to regional-scale modelling. It is directed by Prof. Andreas Wahner. About 50 scientists, engineers, technicians and doctoral students are currently working at the institute in the field of atmospheric chemistry. Experimental field studies, simulation chamber experiments and model calculations are used to investigate the processes that control the chemical transformation, spatial distribution of trace compounds, and their ultimate removal from the atmosphere.

03. Helsingin Yliopisto (UHEL) Finland

The Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Physics in University of Helsinki has over 25 year tradition in atmospheric research. Over one hundred scientists and doctoral students are currently engaged in this area. The main scientific aim has been to reduce scientific uncertainties concerning global climate change issues, particularly those related to aerosols, clouds and trace gases. The work has aimed at creating a deep understanding of the dynamics of aerosol particles and in the lower atmosphere as well as atmospheric chemistry. The emphasis has been on biogenic formation mechanisms of aerosol particles and their linkage to biosphere-atmosphere interaction processes, biogeochemical cycles and trace gases. To solve these interdisciplinary problems, the unit has created a research program including continuous long-term atmospheric observations, global modelling and deep theoretical and experimental understanding of atmospheric cluster and aerosol dynamics. The work is pioneering, wide-perspective research from the nano/molecular scale to the global scale.

UHEL is a world leader in atmospheric aerosol science and one of the founders of “terrestrial ecosystem meteorology”. The core facilities related to proposed research are the SMEAR II field station, extended instrumentation for aerosol particle, trace gases and atmospheric ion measurements and iLEAPS (integrated Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Processes Study).

04. University of Leicester (ULEIC) United Kingdom

The University of Leicester is a leading UK university delivering high quality research and inspirational teaching. Leicester is the Times Higher Education’s University of the Year for 2008-9, and is ranked 12th in the UK by the Independent’s Complete University Guide and 14th by the Guardian and Times university guides. The University of Leicester was formed as a University College in 1919, receiving Royal assent to become a full university in 1957. It is a medium sized university with 8-9,000 full time students spread across six broad-based faculties. The atmospheric chemistry research group at the University of Leicester is based in the Department of Chemistry. It is part of an interdisciplinary Earth Observation Science Initiative. The group has extensive experience in atmospheric measurements and modelling from a number of different platforms including ground-based experiments, aircraft and satellites in national and international experiments. Research interests are based around the broad issues of the role of photochemistry in the control of atmospheric composition.

05. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) France

Expertise Relevant to the proposed work: The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (French National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organisation for scientific and technological research and is under the authority of the French Ministry for Research. The CNRS is also the largest fundamental research organisation in Europe. Measured by the amount of human and material resources it commits to a great range of disciplines, the CNRS is clearly the hub of research activity in France. It is also an important breeding ground for scientific and technological innovation. The CNRS’ main tasks are: the development of knowledge, its transfer to and its application in enterprises and all domains contributing to the progress of society, the dissemination of information and of scientific and technical culture to the public, and especially towards young people, the participation in early training and life-long training, training by research, and quality in the research management. CNRS was indeed the first French research organisation to sign the European “Charter of Researcher” on December 16th 2005.

Two laboratories with different skills, one located in Lyon (IRCELYON) and the other one in Paris (LATMOS), are involved in this network and are thus presented as separate partners in the proposal:

IRCELYON, which is a joint research between the CNRS and the University of Lyon, brings together the competences in heterogeneous catalysis over the Lyon area to establish the largest catalysis laboratory in France and Europe. The laboratory includes a permanent research staff of 115 CNRS and University of Lyon Faculty members and as many PhD students, post-docs, and invited scientists from all over the world. IRCELYON is eager to meet societal demands for sustainable energy production and the preservation of our environment. An essential duty is to deepen the fundamental knowledge required to understand catalytic mechanisms and to develop the concepts which will lead in the future to a safer chemistry more respectful for the environment. Meanwhile, our partnership with industry will be maintained and developed to meet socio-economic demands: for IRCELYON there is a continuum between applied and fundamental catalysis. Supported by a platform of state-of-the-art equipments and by an efficient technical and administrative logistic, our eight research groups are eager to work for the advancement of their specific research field.

LATMOS (Laboratoire Atmospheres, Milieux, Observations Spatiales) has a long experience in the study of dynamical, radiative and chemical processes in the Earth and planetary atmospheres using combined experimental and theoretical approaches, including various observation systems. The laboratory is also part of the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL) which plays a leading role in chemistry-climate research at national and international level. The LATMOS has considerable expertise in the field of atmospheric chemistry and aerosol research, ranging from development and application of trajectory, regional and global chemistry models, assimilation, analysis of airborne and satellite data, and study of chemistry-climate interactions. It is supported by the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) as one of the leading laboratory for the development and exploitation of satellite-borne atmospheric remote sensors.

06. Consiglio Nazionale Delle Richerie (CNR-ISAC) Italy

Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC) is a national institute of CNR whose headquarters are located in Bologna. The Institute is also composed of other six branches spread around the Country. Over 200 staff members, postdoctoral researchers, and students work at the Institute overall, focussing on understanding atmospheric processes and climate. The mandate of the Institute is to carry on research activities promotion and technology transfer in the following areas:

  • Meteorology and its applications
  • Climate change and predictability
  • Atmospheric structure and composition
  • Observations of the planet Earth

The Atmospheric Chemistry Group of the Institute involved in PEGASOS carries out research on different key issues dealing with atmospheric composition change, climate and air quality, such as

  • Aerosol/cloud interaction
  • The organic components of aerosol and clouds
  • Aerosol chemistry and physics
  • Cloud chemistry
  • Urban and regional scale air pollution

The Atmospheric Chemistry Group organized many international field experiments in the field stations of San Pietro Capofiume and Monte Cimone.

 

07. Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ) Switzerland

The Center for Climate Systems Modeling (C2SM) is embedded into the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (IACETH) at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ) and part of the Department of Environmental Sciences (D-UWIS).

IACETH straddles the inter-related disciplines of atmospheric and climate science. It pursues leading-edge research on atmospheric physics, chemistry and dynamics, and on global and regional past, present and future climate, and it pioneers activities at the interfaces of these sub- component fields and the interfaces to other disciplines. IACETH has 110 members and consists of seven research groups. The Center for Climate Systems Modeling is a joint venture initiated by the ETH Zürich, MeteoSwiss, and Empa in 2008 in fall 2008 to address the scientifically challenging and socially relevant issue of climate change. More than 25 research groups, who belong to different institutes & departments from ETH, MeteoSwiss, and Empa, are currently affiliated to the Center. As such, it encompasses the technical and scientific expertise of more than 200 hundred persons. The overarching goal of C2SM is to improve our capability to understand and predict Earth’s climate and weather, by focusing more specifically on the multi-scale interactions within the climate system. The main activities of the centre are i) to maintain, improve, and make available to the Center’s community a hierarchy of state-of-the-art climate and climate-related models; ii) to exploit and disseminate key national and international data sets by providing a repository for them and by developing analysis and data management tools, and iii) to foster the collaboration between research groups by facilitating scientific discussions and the preparation of joint proposals.

08. Lunds Universitet (ULUND) Sweeden

University of Lund. The Departments of Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis (INES) was graded as outstanding in the Lund University RQ2008 international research assessment exercise for its internationally recognized research on the interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and the climate system. In 2008, INES was awarded a Linnée Centre of Excellence grant with 10 years funding for studies into Carbon Cycle-Climate Interactions, which includes process-studies and modelling efforts undertaken jointly with the Department of Physics. INES also hosts a Strong Research Environment funded via the Swedish Research Council Formas to study sustainable use of land resources (Land use today and tomorrow, LUsTT). The core biosphere models to be applied in PEGASOS, LPJ-DGVM and LPJ-GUESS are used throughout the world and cited in hundreds of publications.

09. Wageningen Universiteit (WU) Netherlands

Wageningen University forms together with a number of research institutes a cluster of internationally-leading knowledge institutions offering applied and scientific research to promote the sustainable use of our environment. Research focuses on land use, water management and environment in rural and semi-urban areas and is implemented in close collaboration with stakeholders and private and public research partners. WU has a longstanding record of successfully conducting and coordinating large European projects within the current and past EU Frameworks. The Earth System Sciences (ESS) and Meteorology and Air Quality (MAQ) groups of the Department of Environmental Science of WU participate in PEGAGOS. ESS is expert on interactions between biogeochemistry, land use change and climate change. The group develops detailed stand alone land-surface models based on long-term flux monitoring projects and uses the same LSMs in coupled RCMs and GCMs to study interactions between land use change, atmospheric chemistry, hydrology and climate. The MAQ group concentrates on the simulation of the atmospheric boundary layer and its composition and air quality. Furthermore, the MAQ group runs the Carbontracker Europe data-assimilation system for natural CO2 fluxes. A wide range of models is used, and the interaction between the atmospheric boundary layer and Earth surface is studied with Large Eddy Simulation.

10. National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) Ireland

The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), through its Atmospheric Research Group has been active in atmospheric aerosol and trace gas research since the late 1950's. The Group operates the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) global atmospheric research station at Mace Head on the west coast of Ireland. Research interests include: new aerosol particle formation and growth; cloud condensation nuclei production; aerosol-cloud interactions and their modelling; microphysical and chemical characterisation of aerosols; aerosol radiative scattering, absorption and optical depth; remote sensing; and regional climate and air quality modelling. The research Group comprises 4 permanent members of staff along with 25 researchers. NUIG has co-ordinated a number of EU projects within FP4, FP5 and FP6 and has participated in numerous FP projects. NUIG, through the Environmental Change Institute strongly supports atmospheric sciences research in is strategic development.

11. Kobenhavns Universitet (UC) Denmark

The (NBI) at the Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen (UC) is known world wide for its many scientific achievements. The Institute houses 10 research groups and 12 science centers and it has 145 full-time and project-based academic staff, 95 technical staff and 85 PhD-students, as well as approximately 130 foreign researchers a year. The number of physics students is 710. Although UC is the official partner in PEGASOS the work will be carried out as a bilateral effort between the Danish Meteorological Institute (www.dmi.dk) and the UC/NBI. These two institutions have a long tradition for collaboration in science as well as educationally. UC/NBI is the only university educational organisation at the academic level in Denmark for most Meteorological disciplines. NBI/UC and DMI has a long research tradition in developing new numerical techniques for improving the accuracy of the solutions of the differential equations governing atmospheric dynamics and transport in the atmosphere, as well as integrated modelling of meteorology and atmospheric pollution. Of particular relevance to the present application is the Danish strategic research “Centre for Energy, Environment and Health” (CEEH) (www.ceeh.dk), which is led by UC with DMI as one of the partners. One of the objectives in CEEH is to perform integrated (on-line coupled) atmospheric chemistry / weather simulations. NBI/UC and DMI are collaborating with a number of institutions in mainly Eastern Europe on the development and application of the ENVIRO-HIRLAM on-line coupled model.

12. Weizmann Institute of Science (Weizman) Israel

The Weizmann Institute of Science (WEIZ) in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world's top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions. Noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences, the Institute is home to 2,500 scientists, students, technicians and supporting staff. Institute research efforts include the search for new ways of fighting disease and hunger, examining leading questions in mathematics and computer science, probing the physics of matter and the universe, creating novel materials and developing new strategies for protecting the environment. The Department of Environmental Sciences and Energy Research at the Weizmann Institute of Science was established in 1990, in response to the growing needs to address urgent environmental issues. The research philosophy is to regard Earth as an integrated system, with research efforts aimed at understanding dynamic processes in the continents, in the oceans and in the atmosphere. A major focus of research in the department is atmospheric chemistry and physics where most of the effort is directed towards understanding aerosol chemistry and physics with special emphasis on the organic component.

13. Meteorologisk Institutt (Met. No.) Norway

The (Met.No) was founded in 1866 and is a public agency. Met.No has 420 employees in addition to about 600 observers including staff at Bjørnøya, Hopen and Jan Mayen. The main office is in Oslo. There are regional offices in Tromsø and Bergen. The institute operates the 24/7/365.

Met.No is responsible for the public weather service in Norway, covering both civilian and military purposes. The institute is providing information that supports public authorities, businesses and the general public to secure life and property and in support of societal planning and environmental protection. R&D at Met.No is supported directly by the government by research councils, EU, ESA, EUMETSAT and others. Met.No only undertakes externally funded project work that supports the core mission of the institute which is to safeguard life and property. Met.No R&D is related to operational numerical models of the atmospheric; oceanographic and sea-ice forecasting are continuously being improved, and environmental models are developed and operated. Numerical modelling techniques, in situ and remote sensing observations and data assimilation techniques are used in the work. Climate research ranges from modelling the global and regional climate and Earth System including scenario calculations as well as downscaling to finer resolution over Norway and adjacent seas. Time series analyses of climate variables is carried out, as well as remote sensing research and development of IT-tools and applications. The institute is the western modelling center in EMEP (European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme) under the Convention on Long Range Transport of Air Pollution (CLRTAP) and has in this capacity broad experience and international reputation in atmospheric air pollution modelling including policy applications. Through EMEP and its support of the EU Thematic Strategy on air pollution Met.No has the capability and mission to provide services in air pollution abatement and in the understanding of the coupling of climate/weather variability and air pollution, beyond the duration of single projects. The research work is carried out in collaboration with national and international research institutions.

Met.No is representing Norway in many international conventions (WMO, ECMWF, EUMETSAT) and is involved in a multitude of partnerships both within the operational parts as well as in R&D. The institute educates PhD's and hosts postdocs on a regular basis thanks to its close collaboration with (and proximity to) the University of Oslo through CIENS (Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research).

14. Joint Research Center of the EU Commission (JRC) Belgium

The (IES) is one of the seven institutes that constitute the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. The mission of IES is to provide scientific and technical support to EU strategies for the protection of the environment and sustainable development. Over the past 20 years, the research focus of the IES has been to investigate the level and fate of contaminants in the air, water and soil; assess the effects of these contaminants upon the environment and individuals and promote a sustainable energy supply. The IES has an interdisciplinary, integrated philosophy, which combines expertise in experimental sciences, modelling, geomatics and remote sensing. The IES is one of the leading European centres for research on environment and sustainability. The IES encompasses eight units, of which the Climate Change Unit provides scientific support for the development and monitoring of European policies in the area of regional and global air pollution and climate change: the Kyoto protocol and beyond. The Climate Change Unit is currently involved in issues around global air pollution from emissions to impacts, greenhouse gas emissions, quantifications of aforestation and land-use changes, and integrated climate policy analysis. It has contributed to numerous projects in FP4-FP7.

15. Max Planck Gesellshaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften E. V. (MPIC) Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Mainz, Germany, of Max Planck Society (MPS), has a long tradition of successful atmospheric research. Three departments (Air Chemistry, Biogeochemistry, Particle Chemistry) and about 150 scientists, doctoral students, and technical staff members are currently engaged in atmospheric research activities, including laboratory studies, field measurements, remote sensing, and computer modelling. The main research subjects are gas phase, aerosol, and cloud chemistry; aerosol and cloud physics; biosphere-atmosphere interactions and climate effects. The resources comprise a wide range of laboratory equipment; field measurement equipment; computer hardware & software for advanced numerical simulations, ranging from detailed process models to global chemistry-transport & climate models.

16. Ilmatieteen Laitos (FMI) Finland

The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) has the mandate of producing reliable scientific information on the state of the atmosphere, as well as contributing to scientific ends. FMI employs about 550 people, about 240 of which are involved in research. Scientists from several departments, such as the Climate Change and the Air Quality of the FMI will be involved in the project. Current projects involve monitoring of air quality and atmospheric composition (e.g., WMO/GAW, EMEP, AMAP, HELCOM/EGAP, GMES, GEOSS), research and development in climate change, air chemistry and aerosol physics (including a National and two Nordic Centres of Excellence), and assessment and modelling of airborne pollutants from local to continental scale (recent and ongoing EU- and ESA -funded projects include ALARM, CARBOEUROBE, COMBINE, ENSEMBLES, EUROHYDROS, IMECC, MAP, NITROEUROPE, ACCENT, SAPPHIRE, FUMAPEX, OSCAR, PAMCHAR, GEMS, MACC, TEMIS, PROMOTE, AMFIC, EUCAARI, GEOmon, EUSAAR, VAPOMI, CAIR4HEALTH, MARQUIS, eLUP, ShipNoDEff, HENVINET, HIALINE and MEGAPOLI).

17. Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) United Kingdom

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the UK national organisation for environmental research, which both administers research funding and conducts research directly through its Research Centres. NERC will contribute to PEGASOS through the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) at its Edinburgh site, which conducts fundamental and applied research into the emission, dispersion, transformation, deposition and ecological impacts of a wide range of air pollutants and trace gases. The section is an international leader on the fluxes of reactive nitrogen compounds (including NH3, NOx, HNO3, HNO2), greenhouse gases and aerosols and operates UK national networks for NH3, reactive gases, aerosols and heavy metals. It operates the Auchencorth EMEP Supersite and co-ordinates the NitroEurope IP with >60 partners and >50 European sites. CEH advises UK government on C-N interactions, contributing to IPCC and the groups of the UNECE Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP), co-chairs the European Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen and provides the secretariat for the European Nitrogen Assessment under the International Nitrogen Initiative.

18. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) Switzerland

The Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) in Switzerland is a centre for multi-disciplinary research and one of the world's leading user laboratories, where it hosts a high number of external scientists every year. With its 1200 employees it belongs as an autonomous institution to the Swiss ETH domain and concentrates its activities on solid-state research and material sciences, energy and environmental research as well as on biology and medicine.

Two laboratories will be engaged in PEGASOS:
The Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry (LAC) consists of about 35 researchers, including 20 PhD students. It has in-depth experience with the design of experiments to characterize physical and chemical properties of aerosols and has a strong interest in the impact of aerosols on air quality and climate. The laboratory operates a chamber facility for atmospheric chemistry simulation (‘smog chamber’), as well as a continuous aerosol programme at the high Alpine research station Jungfraujoch (3580 m asl) within the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) program of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The LAC is currently involved in 10 EC projects, including e.g., MEGAPOLI, EUCAARI and EUSAAR. Two groups of LAC will be engaged in PEGASOS, i.e., the gas phase and aerosol chemistry group as well as the aerosol physics group.

The Laboratory of Radiochemistry and Environmental Chemistry (LRC) is a joint laboratory of the Paul Scherrer Institute and Bern University, and consists of about 40 researchers, including 15 PhD students. The LRC is the only radiochemistry institution at a Swiss university and focuses on basic research and education in this field.. Two groups of LRC will be engaged: The Surface Chemistry group focuses on the physical chemistry of trace gas – aerosol and ice interactions and provides state of the art aerosol technology, flow reactors, trace gas analytics, and surface chemical analysis. The Analytical Chemistry group focuses on reconstruction of palaeo climate and palaeo atmospheric composition using ice cores from high-altitude glaciers.

19. Stockholms Universitet (SU) Sweden

The Atmospheric Science Laboratory at the Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM) of Stockholm University (SU) focuses on understanding qualitatively and quantitatively the perturbations brought by anthropogenic emissions onto the natural processes controlling the chemical composition of the atmosphere and climate. Four subgroups specialize in different aspects, such as the urban atmosphere, air-land-sea exchange, transport, clouds and deposition, and atmospheric chemistry, all with the ultimate objective to understand the effects of the processes studied on air quality and climate. The activities mostly involve field measurements of aerosols properties, aerosol fluxes, and aerosol composition, as well as some laboratory studies often accompanied with detailed process modelling. Most of this work is performed within larger projects and frameworks, such as e.g. BACCI a Nordic unit for excellence in Biosphere-Atmosphere-Cloud-Climate Interactions, EU projects such as EUSAAR and EUCAARI, dedicated on establishing supersites for advanced monitoring of the atmosphere in Europe, and the European Network of Excellence ACCENT. Presently, the Atmospheric Science Laboratory involves 8 junior and senior scientists, 2 post docs, 11 PhD students, and 3 technicians.

20. University of Leeds (ULEEDS) United Kingdom

The School of Earth and Environment of the University of Leeds has more than 80 academic staff covering geological sciences, atmospheric and climate sciences and sustainability. The School hosts the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) directorate. The Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science is one of the four research institutes in the School, with 20 academic staff specializing in global atmospheric composition, meteorology, climate science using models and extensive field studies. The Aerosol-Climate Group, led by Prof Ken Carslaw, has 17 PhD students and postdoctoral staff. The group has 10 years’ experience in developing and applying a suite of global models, including the Global Model of Aerosol Processes, the UK Chemistry and Aerosol (UKCA) model, and the Quest Earth System Model.

21. Leibniz Institut fur Troposphaerenforshung E.V. (IfT) Germany

The Institute for Tropospheric Research (IfT) has been founded in 1992 and is located in Leipzig, Saxony, one of the most academic cities in Germany with a strong background in arts, music, literature and science. The IfT consists of interdisciplinary research groups for the physical and chemical characterization of atmospheric aerosols. The institute is world-wide unique in a way that a number of scientists and doctoral students are involved together in the multi-disciplinary research of atmospheric aerosols and multiphase processes. IfT has been involved in international and national atmospheric science programs since its establishment. Especially, the institute was strongly involved in EU projects such as RINOXA, RINOXA 2, MODAC, UNARO, MOST, ACCENT, EUROCHAMP, EUROCHAMP II, TENATSO, EUCAARI, EUSAAR, AEROTOOLS. The chemistry department of the IfT has long years of experiences in field measurements (analytics and process studies), multi-phase modeling (modeling of chemical processes in cloud droplets), and laboratory experiments (aqueous phase kinetics, flow tube and chamber experiments).

22. GKSS - Forschungzentrum Geesthacht GmbH (GKSS) Germany

The Climate Service Center (GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH: GKSS) is one of 16 members of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. GKSS is located in Geesthacht near Hamburg with branches in Teltow near Berlin and in Hamburg, with a total staff of approximately 850 employees, including about 600 scientists, engineers and technicians. The main GKSS research areas cover materials science with foci on advanced engineering materials, research with neutrons and synchrotron radiation and regenerative medicine, as well as environmental research focussing on marine, coastal and polar systems and climate services; all these are closely embedded in research fields of the Helmholtz Association. Major GKSS research facilities include the Geesthacht research reactor (FRG-1), which is used as a source of neutrons for research purposes, and the synchrotron radiation beam line HARWI II located at DESY near Hamburg; extensive experimental and testing facilities, pilot plants, mainframe computers, a research vessel and environmental monitoring facilities. GKSS comprises 4 research institutes, and its organisational structure is based on project management principles which promote networking of GKSS’s activities internally and in particular with external partners. The latter include research institutes, universities, communities, private and public companies at both the national and international levels. Research at GKSS is both problem- and user-oriented and covers basic as well as applied research including the production of laboratory prototypes. About 80 % of GKSS’s annual budget (90 million Euro in 2008) is provided by the national federal and states governments, while 20 % are generated via additional income such as EU and national research projects, contract research, and licensing of GKSS patents for products and processes.. GKSS has gained experience for years and has cultivated a successful tradition in both the co-ordination of and participation in different types of EU research projects. Since the year 2000, researchers at GKSS have coordinated some 30, and have participated in more than another 90 EU projects co-financed by the European Commission through FP5, FP6 and FP7 priority programmes. The Climate Service Center, which is administered by GKSS, is an initiative of the Federal Government of Germany to organize a formal interface between climate-related research and the stakeholders belonging to various academic, political and economic sectors. Its objective is to provide reliable, well documented, authoritative, and easily used information and develop the most effective approaches to mitigation and adaptation strategies. The Center is established in Hamburg, Germany, and contributes to a network of institutions dealing with environmental issues. The products developed by the Center should help decision-makers to reduce the vulnerability of societies to climate and other environmental changes.

23. AS AirEl (AIREL) Estonia

AirEl Ltd. is a SME that was founded in 1992 as a spin-off company of the University of Tartu, Estonia. The founders were leading aerosol and air ion spectrometry researchers of the University of Tartu, where air ion and aerosol studies were held for more than a century. The business project of the company included development of the parallel, multi channel aerosol and air ion spectra measurement technology. The parallel measurement technology has great advantages compared with widely used sequential method of measurement, especially on highly dynamic environments. Airel has developed and produces wide measurement range Electrical Aerosol Spectrometer (EAS). The leading aerosol instrumentation company TSI produces their model 3090 and 3091 aerosol spectrometers under license from Airel. Our last development is the Air Ion Spectrometer (AIS). AIS is a multi channel parallel air ion electrical mobility spectrometer with total of 42 measurement channels. AIS measures naturally charged atmospheric particles mobility spectra of both polarities simultaneously.

AIREL has extended AIS capabilities by adding a unipolaring charging making it possible to measure also initially uncharged (neutral) particles. Respective instrument Neutral cluster and Air Ion Spectrometer NAIS can measure both charged (air ions) and uncharged fractions of atmospheric aerosol nearly simultaneously, providing comprehensive information about aerosol dynamic processes. EAS, AIS and NAIS do not need consumables for the operation. They are highly reliable instruments that can work without any human assistance in wide range of environmental conditions. An airborne version NAIS successfully participated in EUCAARI LONGREX campaign.

24. Internationales Institut fuer Angewand Systemanalyse (IIASA) Austria

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is a non-governmental research organisation based in Laxenburg, Austria. The institute conducts inter-disciplinary scientific studies on environmental, economic, technological and social issues in the context of human dimensions of global change. IIASA is well-known for energy, forestry, population, climate change, risk and vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation, technology, air pollution, land-use, and mathematical modelling. IIASA’s Atmospheric Pollution Programme (APD) project has developed integrated assessment approaches for air pollution and greenhouse gases and applied them for policy analyses in international negotiations for the European Union and the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution.

25. Ministerie van Volkshuisvesting, Ruimtelijke Ordening en Milieubeheer (PBL) Netherlands

The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency analyses spatial and social developments in (inter)national context, which are important to the human, plant and animal environment. It conducts scientific assessments and policy evaluations, relevant to strategic government policy. The Energy and Climate Programme explores and evaluates energy and climate policy options at the national, European and global levels. One of the tools used for this purpose is the IMAGE integrated assessment modelling framework, including the world energy model TIMER and the climate policy model FAIR. This framework links energy modelling, agricultural and land use modelling and climate modelling to provide an integrated description of global change. IMAGE has been extensively involved in activities of IPCC, as one of the models developing the IPCC SRES scenarios, and more recently the new scenarios for AR5 (the so-called Representative Concentration Pathways, RCPs). The team also contributed to analysis of the Fourth Assessment Report, UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The framework has been used in several projects for the European Commission. Such as th DG-Research funded projects (ADAM, ENSEMBLES, MATISSE) and European Environmental Assessment Agency.

26. University Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1 (UJF) France

University Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1 (UJF) is located in the middle of the Rhône-Alpes region, 2nd French region in terms of research activities. UJF Grenoble is a research intensive university including 19,100 full time students, of which 1400 are doctoral students, 2400 lecturers and researchers and a similar number of administrative and technical staff, 70 laboratories and 12 doctoral schools, strong links with multinational firms in fields such as nano and micro-electronics and biotechnologies (ST microelectronics, Hewlett-Packard, Becton Dickinson, Schneider Electric, Roche Diagnostics, BioMerieux). UJF has a great experience in European framework programmes (FP), having managed the participation in 69 projects under the FP6 (2002-2006) and coordinating 5 of them. In FP7, UJF laboratories have succeeded in 42 projects, 11 of them being coordinated by UJF, and 2 in the ERC program.

LGGE (Laboratoire Glaciologie et Geophysique de l’Environnement: UMR 5183) is a Joint Research Unit (JRU) set up by Université Joseph Fourier (UJF) and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), with ~60 staff and ~25 PhD students and postdocs.

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PEGASOS project funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme 7 (FP7-ENV-2010-265148)