Research Coordination Objectives:
- To provide clear, evidence-based guidelines for real-time chemical characterization of fine atmospheric aerosols, in terms of measurement protocols and data treatment, which ensures consistent, reproducible and comparable results across Europe.
- To provide a homogenized protocol to determine the source apportionment of fine organic aerosol and black carbon, based on real-time measurements of organic mass spectra and light absorption at different wavelengths, respectively.
- To coordinate and reinforce exchanges of scientific research necessary to understand factors influencing the concentrations and chemical composition of fine atmospheric aerosols.
- To ensure the good performance of the instrumentation used by undertaking intercomparison exercises.
- To develop quality control and assurance criteria and methodologies for the above-mentioned activities and promote their use Europe-wide and globally.
- To promote the joint interpretation of results at different European sites.
- To maintain and further build a network of experts, researchers, Early Career Investigators (ECI), and PhD students that allows the achievement of the previous objectives. This will also contribute to the overall skills base.
- To provide data for air quality model evaluation and model development which are the basis of air quality related policies.
- To bring together the communities dealing with black and brown carbon with the ones dealing with chemical composition and source apportionment.
- To recommend to manufacturers desirable features of instrumentation for the determination of real-time chemical characterization and source apportionment of fine atmospheric aerosols.
Capacity Building Objectives:
- To train less-experienced researchers (mainly PhD students and ECI) on the use of techniques for real-time chemical characterization and source apportionment of fine atmospheric aerosols and interpretation of results and data treatment.
- To support and training of researchers (including PhD students and ECI) from Participating Countries and Inclusiveness Target Countries who might have a need for such knowledge and might lack other means to achieve such experience.
- To enhance the capabilities of long-term measurements of aerosol chemistry at networks.
- To foster knowledge exchange about the use of techniques for real-time fine atmospheric aerosols chemical characterization and the interpretation of results and data treatment.
- To foster knowledge exchange about the application of source apportionment tools to determine the origin of carbonaceous aerosol and the interpretation of results.
- To provide rigorous training to efficiently measure and interpret the real-time chemical composition of fine atmospheric aerosols determined with quality assured methodology.
- To provide training in the application of source apportionment tools to determine the origin of fine carbonaceous aerosol.