Articles | Volume 9, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 2825–2841, 2009

Special issue: European Integrated Project on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate and Air...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 2825–2841, 2009

  27 Apr 2009

27 Apr 2009

Introduction: European Integrated Project on Aerosol Cloud Climate and Air Quality interactions (EUCAARI) – integrating aerosol research from nano to global scales

M. Kulmala1, A. Asmi1, H. K. Lappalainen1,2, K. S. Carslaw3, U. Pöschl4, U. Baltensperger5, Ø. Hov6, J.-L. Brenquier7, S. N. Pandis8, M. C. Facchini9, H.-C. Hansson10, A. Wiedensohler11, and C. D. O'Dowd12 M. Kulmala et al.
  • 1University of Helsinki, Department of Physics, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
  • 2Finnish Meteorological Institute, Research and Development, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
  • 3University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environment, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
  • 4Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
  • 5Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen PSI, Switzerland
  • 6EMEP Meteorological Synthesizing Center West (MSC-W), Norwegian Meteorological Institute, 0313 Oslo, Norway
  • 7French Meteorological Service, 31057 Toulouse, France
  • 8Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes (ICE-HT) Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Patras, 26504, Greece
  • 9Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC), National Research Council (CNR), Bologna, Italy
  • 10Stockholm University, Department of Applied Environmental Science, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden
  • 11Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
  • 12School of Physics & Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies, Environmental Change Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Abstract. The European Aerosol Cloud Climate and Air Quality Interactions project EUCAARI is an EU Research Framework 6 integrated project focusing on understanding the interactions of climate and air pollution. EUCAARI works in an integrative and multidisciplinary way from nano- to global scale. EUCAARI brings together several leading European research groups, state-of-the-art infrastructure and some key scientists from third countries to investigate the role of aerosol on climate and air quality. Altogether 48 partners from 25 countries are participating in EUCAARI. During the first 16 months EUCAARI has built operational systems, e.g. established pan-European measurement network for Lagrangian studies and four stations in developing countries. Also an improved understanding of nanoscale processes (like nucleation) has been implemented in global models. Here we present the research methods, organisation, operations and first results of EUCAARI.

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