Aerosols in Romania and Switzerland -AEROS

Partnership

AEROS is based on a recent partnership between the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the National Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics (INOE).

The project partners have already a formal collaboration since 2010, within the frame of the EU ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research Infrastructure Network- http://www.actris.net/) project, both on a research level and on a technical level.

Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry-Paul Scherrer Institute

http://www.psi.ch/lac/

The focus of LAC research is on particulate matter sources, transformations, and physical properties. The know-how concerning source apportionment is especially crucial for this project.

For more than 15 years, PSI has performed continuous measurements of aerosol physical properties and chemical composition within the Global Atmospheric Watch program at the Jungfraujoch station at above 3500 meters above sea level in a meteorologically complex environment. These measurements are especially relevant for cloud forming properties of aerosols as clouds are often formed at these altitudes. In situ-measurements at high elevation are ideal for comparison to remote sensing measurements from space or from the ground.

Remote Sensing Department-National Institute of Research and Development for Optoelectronics

http://environment.inoe.ro/

INOE was established in 1996 and is involved in fundamental and applicative research in  optoelectronics, analytical chemistry, and high pressure physics.

 The Remote Sensing Department, which is directly involved in this project, has as a long-term mission the strengthening of the research and technological development capacities and setting-up of strategic partnerships with excellent research entities worldwide in order to produce and manage information about the environment according to global observation strategies. The efforts are focused on two main objectives: 1) development and improvement of investigation methods dedicated to environmental assessment and control; 2) experimental and theoretical research on atmospheric compounds' microphysics, radiative forcing, air quality and climatology, emphasizing short-lived species, in the frame of European and global networks.