European Supersites for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (EUSAAR)

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Funding source

EU Sixth Framework Programme - Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems

Project Details

Start date: 01/04/2006
End date: 31/03/2011
Funding: 5100000 EUR


The objective of the project EUSAAR is the integration of measurements of atmospheric aerosol properties performed in a distributed network of 20 high quality European ground-based stations. This integration contributes to a sustainable and reliable operational service in support of policy issues on air quality, long-range transport of pollutants and climate change. The project will be coordinated by CNRS in Clermont-Ferrand and activity leaders are world-recognized experts in the field of aerosol research. The lack of coordination programs for non-regulated measurements of aerosol properties is considered a major gap in Earth Observation that urgently needs to be filled. The objective of the networking activities is to ensure most efficient use of available resources by: 1- harmonization and validation of current measurement of particle optical, physical and chemical properties performed at Supersites as these are critical to ensure their scientific value (N2, N3, N4); 2- centralization of the validated measurements in a common data base accessible to all users (N5); 3- spreading well practices and disseminate information on new protocols both within and outside the project. Trans-National Access (TA1-TA11) is provided for 11 Supersites with long record of international access, outstanding instrumentation for atmospheric research and highly relevant long-term monitoring data series. The joint research activities have the common objectives to develop affordable and sustainable solutions to improve monitoring strategies and products that will advance up-to-date data reporting across Europe. This concerns retrieval of the aerosol column with a novel technology (JRA1), development of a new generation of humidity-controlled instruments (JRA2) and new methodologies for real-time acquisition of aerosol parameters (JRA3). A major concern of EUSAAR is that activities consolidate current observation efforts and ensure their continuation beyond the present project.

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