Project: Advanced aerosol metrology for atmospheric science and air quality

Acronym 19ENV08 AEROMET II (Reference Number: 19ENV08)
Duration 01/09/2020 - 01/09/2023
Project Topic Aerosols are suspensions of fine particles or liquids in air, both natural and manmade. Exposure to airborne aerosols has been linked to adverse health effects, including allergies, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer. In Europe, more than 500,000 premature deaths a year can be attributed to fine particulate matter (PM) exposure, for example, while millions suffer from allergies and asthma caused by natural pollens. Currently, the only type of airborne particulate measurement robust enough for use in legislation is PM mass concentration. However, other metrics, such as particle number concentration and aerosol chemical composition, may more closely correlate to the actual causes of damaging health effects. Therefore, there is an urgent need to improve the accuracy of aerosol monitoring so air quality legislation focus on reducing harm, and also for more accurate measurement methods for several types of aerosol. Building on previous EMPIR project AEROMET, this project will develop improved aerosol measuring methods and reference materials for calibrating particle size spectrometers, automated pollen monitoring instruments and for the chemical characterisation of ambient aerosols. The project will go on to validate these developments in field campaigns using new portable instruments. It will also develop software and guidance suited to non-expert users. The project will provide traceability to primary standards and contribute to international standards development, including CEN standards and technical specifications. Ultimately, the improved monitoring that will be enabled will be able to support public health measures more likely to limit exposure of Europe’s populations to the most harmful airborne aerosols.
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Network EMPIR
Call EMPIR Call 2019

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Coordinator Germany
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives Partner France
4 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
5 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
6 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Partner France
7 Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS Partner Switzerland
8 Norsk Institutt for Luftforskning Partner Norway
9 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
10 RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB Partner Sweden
11 Aarhus Universitet Partner Denmark
12 Centro de investigaciones energeticas, medioambientales y tecnologicas Partner Spain
13 Teknologisk Institut Partner Denmark
14 Energiatudomanyi Kutatokozpont Partner Hungary
15 Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire Partner France
16 Institut Jožef Stefan Partner Slovenia
17 Lunds Universitet Partner Sweden
18 National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos" Partner Greece
19 National Technical University of Athens - NTUA Partner Greece
20 Politecnico di Torino Partner Italy
21 Leibniz Institut fuer Troposphaerenforschung e.V. Partner Germany
22 Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale Partner Italy
23 Bruker Nano GmbH Observer Germany
24 Eidgenössische Departement des Innern Observer Switzerland