Articles | Volume 15, issue 22
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 13085–13096, 2015

Special issue: Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX)

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 13085–13096, 2015

Research article 26 Nov 2015

Research article | 26 Nov 2015

Introduction: The Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX) – multidisciplinary, multiscale and multicomponent research and capacity-building initiative

M. Kulmala1, H. K. Lappalainen1,2, T. Petäjä1, T. Kurten3, V.-M. Kerminen1, Y. Viisanen2, P. Hari4, S. Sorvari2, J. Bäck4, V. Bondur5, N. Kasimov6, V. Kotlyakov7, G. Matvienko8, A. Baklanov9, H. D. Guo10, A. Ding11, H.-C. Hansson12, and S. Zilitinkevich1,2,13 M. Kulmala et al.
  • 1Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
  • 2Finnish Meteorological Institute, Research and Development, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
  • 3Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
  • 4Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, 00014 Viikki, Helsinki, Finland
  • 5AEROCOSMOS Research Institute for Aerospace Monitoring, Moscow, Russia
  • 6Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow, Russia
  • 7Glaciology Department, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
  • 8Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Tomsk 634021, Russia
  • 9World Meteorological Organization, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
  • 10Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100101 Beijing, China
  • 11Institute for Climate and Global Change Research & School of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nanjing, 210097 Nanjing, China
  • 12Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES), Stockholm University, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
  • 13Department of Radiophysics, Nizhny Novgorod State University, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Abstract. The Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX) is a multidisciplinary, multiscale and multicomponent research, research infrastructure and capacity-building program. PEEX has originated from a bottom-up approach by the science communities and is aiming at resolving the major uncertainties in Earth system science and global sustainability issues concerning the Arctic and boreal pan-Eurasian regions, as well as China. The vision of PEEX is to solve interlinked, global grand challenges influencing human well-being and societies in northern Eurasia and China. Such challenges include climate change; air quality; biodiversity loss; urbanization; chemicalization; food and freshwater availability; energy production; and use of natural resources by mining, industry, energy production and transport sectors. Our approach is integrative and supra-disciplinary, recognizing the important role of the Arctic and boreal ecosystems in the Earth system. The PEEX vision includes establishing and maintaining long-term, coherent and coordinated research activities as well as continuous, comprehensive research and educational infrastructure and related capacity-building across the PEEX domain. In this paper we present the PEEX structure and summarize its motivation, objectives and future outlook.

Short summary
The Pan-European Experiment (PEEX) is introduced. PEEX is a multidisciplinary, multiscale and multicomponent research, research infrastructure and capacity-building program. This paper outlines the mission, vision and objectives of PEEX and introduces its main components, including the research agenda, research infrastructure, knowledge transfer and potential impacts on society. The paper also summarizes the main scientific questions that PEEX is going to tackle in the future.
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