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Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche




Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique




Climate Service Centre




University of Bremen




Weizmann Institute of Science




Università di Urbino “Carlo Bo”




Paul Scherrer Institut




National Environment Research Council




University of Leicester



Sandro FuzziISAC CNR, P.I. Sandro Fuzzi. ISAC (Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate) is a national institute of CNR whose headquarters are located in Bologna on the southern outskirts of the Po Valley. The  Institute is also composed of other six branches spread around the Country. Over 200 staff members, postdoctoral researchers, and students work at the Institute overall, focusing on understanding atmospheric processes and climate. The mandate of the Institute is to carry on research activities promotion and technology transfer in the following areas: i) meteorology and its applications, ii) climate change and predictability, iii) atmospheric structure and composition, iv) observations of the planet Earth. The Atmospheric Chemistry Group of the Institute carries out research on different key issue dealing with atmospheric composition change, climate and air quality, such as i) aerosol/cloud interaction, ii) the organic components of aerosol and clouds, iii) aerosol chemistry and physics, iv) cloud chemistry, v) urban and regional scale air pollution. Sandro Fuzzi is Research Director at the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of CNR and Head of the Group "Atmospheric Chemistry". He is also Coordinator of the Project "Global Change", Department Earth and Environment of CN.R. His main research interests are the physical and chemical processes in multiphase atmospheric systems (aerosols and clouds) and their effects on atmospheric composition change, climate, ecosystems and human health. Dr. Fuzzi has been a member of several international Committees and Panels including: i) Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (CACGP), ii) Science Panel of the European Commission on Atmospheric Composition Change, iii) Scientific Steering Committee of the EUREKA project EUROTRAC, iv) International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation, (ICCP), v) Chair of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project (IGAC), vi) ESFRI Expert-Group on Environmental Monitoring. Has coordinated several national and international programs over the years in the field of atmospheric composition change and presently coordinates the European Network "Atmospheric Composition Change, the European Network" (ACCENT-Plus) which includes 43 major European Institutions in the field of global change research. He has published over 110 papers in the refereed literature.

Claire GranierCNRS, P.I. Claire Granier. CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) is a public organisation for scientific and technological research and is under the authority of the French Ministry for Research. The CNRS is also the largest fundamental research organisation in Europe. Measured by the amount of human and material resources it commits to a great range of disciplines, the CNRS is clearly the hub of research activity in France. It is also an important breeding ground for scientific and technological innovation. The CNRS’ main tasks are: the development of knowledge, its transfer to and its application in enterprises and all domains contributing to the progress of society, the dissemination of information and of scientific and technical culture to the public, and especially towards young people, the participation in early training and life-long training, training by research, and quality in the research management. The LATMOS (Laboratoire Atmospheres, Milieux, Observations Spatiales) has a long experience in the study of dynamical, radiative and chemical processes in the Earth and planetary atmospheres using combined experimental and theoretical approaches, including various observation systems. The laboratory is also part of the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL) which plays a leading role in chemistry-climate research at national and international level. The LATMOS has considerable expertise in the field of atmospheric chemistry and aerosol research, ranging from development and application of trajectory, regional and global chemistry models, assimilation, analysis of airborne and satellite data, and study of chemistry-climate interactions. It is supported by the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) as one of the leading laboratory for the development and exploitation of satellite-borne atmospheric remote sensors. Claire Granier is a “Directeur de Recherche” at LATMOS/IPSL in Paris. She has over 25 years research experience in atmospheric sciences. For the past 20 years, she has worked on the development of three-dimensional global chemistry-transport models which have been used for the study of the composition of the lower atmosphere and its evolution. She is the co-coordinator of the GEIA (Global Emissions Inventory Activity) project of the AIMES/IBGP program. She has coordinating the activities on emissions within the ACCENT-Plus European Network of Excellence during the 2005-2009 period. Since 2005, she is the Deputy Coordinator of the MACC (Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate) FP7 Integrated Project. She is a member of the steering committee of the AIMES/IGBP Project. She is author or co-author of more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Guy BrasseurGKSS, P.I. Guy Brasseur. GKSS (Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH) is one of 16 members of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. GKSS is located in Geesthacht near Hamburg with branches in Teltow near Berlin and in Hamburg, with a total staff of approximately 850 employees, including about 600 scientists, engineers and technicians. The main GKSS research areas cover materials science with foci on advanced engineering materials, research with neutrons and synchrotron radiation and regenerative medicine, as well as environmental research focussing on marine, coastal and polar systems and climate services; all these are closely embedded in research fields of the Helmholtz Association. Major GKSS research facilities include the Geesthacht research reactor (FRG-1), which is used as a source of neutrons for research purposes, and the synchrotron radiation beam line HARWI II located at DESY near Hamburg; extensive experimental and testing facilities, pilot plants, mainframe computers, a research vessel and environmental monitoring facilities. GKSS comprises 4 research institutes, and its organisational structure is based on project management principles which promote networking of GKSSs activities internally and in particular with external partners. The latter include research institutes, universities, communities, private and public companies at both the national and international levels. Research at GKSS is both problem- and user-oriented and covers basic as well as applied research including the production of laboratory prototypes. About 80 % of GKSSs annual budget (90 mill. Euro in 2008) is provided by the national federal and states governments, while 20 % are generated via additional income such as EU and national research projects, contract research, and licensing of GKSS patents for products and processes.. GKSS has gained experience for years and has cultivated a successful tradition in both the co-ordination of and participation in different types of EU research projects. Since the year 2000, researchers at GKSS have coordinated some 30, and have participated in more than another 90 EU projects co-financed by the European Commission through FP5, FP6 and FP7 priority programmes. The Climate Service Center, which is administered by GKSS, is an initiative of the Federal Government of Germany to organize a formal interface between climate-related research and the stakeholders belonging to various academic, political and economic sectors. Its  objective is to provide reliable, well documented, authoritative, and easily used information and develop the most effective approaches to mitigation and adaptation strategies. The Center is established in Hamburg, Germany, and contributes to a network of institutions dealing with environmental issues. The products developed by the Center should help decision-makers to reduce the vulnerability of societies to climate and other environmental changes. Guy P. Brasseur is Director of the newly created Climate Service Center in Hamburg. He is also Professor at the universities of Hamburg and Brussels. He is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and an ordinary member of the Academy of Sciences of Hamburg. He is a former Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg and a former Associate Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Brasseur's primary scientific interests include global change, chemistry-climate relations, biosphee-atmosphere interactions, climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, global air pollution including tropospheric ozone, solar-terrestrial relations. He has authored or co-authored approximately 170 publications in the peer-reviewed literature, and has contributed to the publication of several books.

John BurrowsIUP.UB, P.I. John P. Burrows. IUP.UB (The Institute of Environmental Physics and Remote Sensing within the Faculty of Physics of the University of Bremen) was founded in 1992 and has three departments: Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere (PCA), Earth Remote Sensing (ERS) and Tracer Oceanography. IUP has extensive collaborations with the Alfred-Wegner-Institute for Polar Research in Bremerhaven and the DLR. Its research staff comprises approximately 100 research scientists and graduate students. It has acted as Principal Investigator Institution for the GOME and SCIAMACHY projects and among other things is active in the development of passive UV/vis/NIR remote sensing techniques, radiative transfer modelling and interpretation of remote sensing data on atmospheric composition John P. Burrows is head of the Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen. Professor Burrows graduated from the University of Cambridge UK where he studied for his B.A., M.A., and Ph. D. in natural sciences and Physical Chemistry. After a post doctoral research at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics he became a staff scientist at the UK- A.E.A.R.E in Harwell near Oxford. At the same time he was a guest scientist at the Physical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Oxford. At the beginning of 1982 he joined the research staff of the Max Planck Institut für Chemie in Mainz in the Division of Air chemistry (Director Professor Dr. P. J. Crutzen). In 1992 he became Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Bremen and leads the Department of Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry and is one of the Directors of the IUP.UB. He is a guest research scientist at NASA and an adjoint Professor at the University of Maryland. From 2008 to spring 2010, Professor Burrows is on a secondment as Science Director of the Biogeochemistry programme of the UK Natural Environmental Research Council: Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. He is the Proposer/Principal Investigator/Lead Scientist of the atmospheric remote sensing projects GOME and SCIAMACHY and proposer of the GeoSCIA initiative, which has led to the UVN instrument on the EUMETSAT MTG. Professor Burrows has published over 400 (over 350 peer reviewed) manuscripts in atmospheric physics and chemistry, physical chemistry, photochemistry and radiative transfer.

Yinon RudichWEIZMANN, P.I. Yinon Rudich. WEIZMANN (Weizmann Institute of Science) in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world's top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions. Noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences, the Institute is home to 2,500 scientists, students, technicians and supporting staff. Institute research efforts include the search for new ways of fighting disease and hunger, examining leading questions in mathematics and computer science, probing the physics of matter and the universe, creating novel materials and developing new strategies for protecting the environment. The Department of Environmental Sciences and Energy Research at the Weizmann Institute of Science was established in 1990, in response to the growing needs to address urgent environmental issues. The research philosophy is to regard Earth as an integrated system, with research efforts aimed at understanding dynamic processes in the continents, in the oceans and in the atmosphere. A major focus of research in the department is atmospheric chemistry and physics where most of the effort is directed towards understanding aerosol chemistry and physics with special emphasis on the organic component. The administration of the institute is well experienced with EC administrative procedures, as well as numerous other international and bi- national programs. The institute’s Feinberg Graduate School has vast experience with international students and post-docs. The proposed study is fully consistent with the policy of the Weizmann Institute of Science to actively participate in international research programs, in general, and in European Research Initiatives in particular. Yinon Rudich (Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Weizmann Institute in 1994). He did a postgraduate work in the Aeronomy lab (Boulder, Colorado), working on atmospheric chemical kinetics. In the past several years, Prof. Rudich' research focused on studying aerosol chemistry and physics especially in aspects relevant to the climatic effects of organic aerosols. In particular he carried out a comprehensive study on the chemistry and physics of atmospheric humic-like substances and their environmental roles. Prof. Rudich has established a state of the art aerosol physics as well as aerosol analytical lab for characterizing the chemical composition of atmospheric particles. Recently he has been working on health impacts of air pollution. Within this framework has constructed a national pollutants data base. The lab includes aerosol physics instrumentation. (DMA, CPC, Cavity ring down and High-Res Tof-AMS). Prof. Rudich is the chief editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres. He authored more than 90 peer-reviewed articles, he serves as an expert reviewer for the European Commission and reviews proposals for Israeli, Canadian, UK, German-Israeli and US-Israeli agencies, and was a reviewer of Chapter 2 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Aviation and the Global Atmosphere, 1999

Michela MaioneUNIURB, P.I. Michela Maione. UNIURB (University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”) is a public university founded in 1506, counting ten faculties. The Faculty of Sciences and Technologies includes curricula in Environmental Sciences, among which a “Laurea Magistrale” in Ecology of Climate Change, funded by the Italian Ministry of Environment, with the aim of providing a trans-disciplinarily and integrated training on themes related to climate change and its impacts. The Institute of Chemical Sciences started its research activity in the field of Atmospheric sciences since the late seventies, with a particular interest on development of instrumentations to be used for the observations of trace atmospheric pollutants. In this framework, the Institute has been and is involved in studies on climate altering trace gases at different remote (Arctic, Antarctica, Himalayan range) and semi- remote sites. In particular, at the WMO-GAW Station of Monte Cimone the unit, in collaboration with ISAC CNR, is currently carrying out a number of monitoring activities in the frame of national and EU-funded research projects. Michela Maione is Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Urbino, Faculty of Sciences and Technologies. Her research activity is mainly focused on atmospheric chemistry studies, especially on climate altering gases. She is responsible of long term monitoring programmes of several atmospheric compounds carried out at the “O. Vittori” Observatory on Monte Cimone. Moreover she is involved on studies on the interaction between atmosphere and the cultural heritage. She has been involved as P.I. in several National and EU funded research projects. From 2004 to 2009, she has been the Executive Secretary of the European Network of Excellence ACCENT. She is author of 48 publications in peer-reviewed journals and of a number of Conference Presentations.

Urs BaltenspergerPSI, P.I. Urs Baltensperger. PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute) in Switzerland is a centre for multi-disciplinary research. With its 1200 employees it belongs as an autonomous institution to the Swiss ETH domain and concentrates its activities on solid-state research and material sciences, elementary particle and astrophysics, energy and environmental research as well as on biology and medicine. Research at the General Energy Research Department (ENE) comprises all aspects of human energy use, with the ultimate goal of promoting development towards a sustainable energy supply system. Technologies are being advanced for the utilisation of renewable energy sources, low-loss energy storage, efficient conversion, and low emission energy use. Experimental and model-based assessment of these technologies forms the basis of a comprehensive assessment of economic, ecological and environmental consequences, for both present and future energy supply systems. The Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry (LAC) at PSI consists of about 40 researchers, including 20 PhD students. It has in-depth experience with the design of experiments to characterize physical and chemical properties of aerosols and has a strong interest in the impact of aerosols on air quality and climate. The laboratory operates a chamber facility for atmospheric chemistry simulation (‘smog chamber’), as well as a continuous aerosol programme at the high Alpine research station Jungfraujoch (3580 m asl) within the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) program of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It also owns a mobile measuring van with which spatial distributions of gas and aerosol variables can be obtained. The LAC is currently involved in 10 EC projects, including e.g., MEGAPOLI, EUCAARI and EUSAAR. Urs Baltensperger is the head of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry at PSI, and professor at ETH Zürich. His main research interest is in the formation and transformation of aerosols as well as the study of their impact. He has been chairman of the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) for Aerosols of the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) aerosol program of WMO from 1997 to 2009 and continues to be a member of this SAG. He also is president of the Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences. He was coordinator of the FP-6 project POLYSOA and is in the steering group of 4 currently running EC projects. He received the Prof. Dr. Vilho Vaisala Award of WMO in 2003. He is author and co-author of about 200 peer-reviewed papers and has an h-index of 43.

David FowlerNERC, P.I. David Fowler. The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a public sector research centre, part of the Natural Environment Research Council <http://www.nerc.ac.uk/> (NERC) - which delivers independent research, survey, training and knowledge transfer in the environmental sciences to advance knowledge of planet Earth as a complex, interacting system. We conduct independent mission-driven research in support of NERC's strategic goals and work in close partnership with the scientific community, government departments and agencies, as well as the private sector. The Institute has laboratories in England, Scotland and Wales. Our research is aimed at improving understanding of the environment and the processes that support life on Earth. We are particularly interested in the impacts of human activity on the world around us and in developing ready-to-use approaches for achieving environmental sustainability. Our skills and expertise range from the smallest scale (the gene) to the largest scale (whole Earth systems). Our science tackles the environment in a holistic manner, integrating a wide range of scientific disciplines. This combines basic, applied and strategic research. We are a major custodian of environmental data, including 20 million records of 12,000 species occurring across Britain and Ireland, as well as records of over 50,000 station years of daily and monthly river flow data, derived from over 1,300 gauging stations throughout the UK. We are engaged in major international networks, such as the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER) <http://www.peer.eu/>. We also lead European and global research efforts including the International Cooperative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops and NitroEurope IP. David Fowler is the Senior Scientist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Edinburgh. In 1976, after gaining a BSc and PhD at the University of Nottingham, he joined the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (now known as CEH). He gained an Honorary Professorship at the University of Nottingham in 1991, became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1999, and Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2002. His research interests are on surface atmosphere exchange processes, photochemical oxidants, acid deposition, emission of greenhouse gases, atmospheric aerosols and effects of pollutants on vegetation. He serves on a range of national and international committees on aspects of atmospheric composition and biogeochemistry. David Fowler has been a contributing author to more than 210 refereed publications in addition to contributions to book chapters and conference proceedings. He has also lead Synthesis and Integration reviews of long range transport and deposition of pollutants in Europe. In 2005 he was awarded the CBE for services to research into Atmospheric Pollution.

Paul MonksULEIC, P.I. Paul S. Monks. The University of Leicester (ULEIC) is a leading UK university delivering high quality research and inspirational teaching. Leicester is the Times Higher Education’s University of the Year for 2008-9, and is ranked 12th in the UK by the Independent’s Complete University Guide and 14th by the Guardian and Times university guides. The University of Leicester was formed as a University College in 1919, receiving Royal assent to become a full university in 1957. It is a medium sized university with 8-9,000 full time students spread across six broad-based faculties. The atmospheric chemistry research group at the University of Leicester is based in the Department of Chemistry. It is part of an interdisciplinary Earth Observation Science Initiative. The group has extensive experience in atmospheric measurements and modelling from a number of different platforms including ground-based experiments, aircraft and satellites in national and international experiments. Research interests are based around the broad issues of the role of photochemistry in the control of atmospheric composition. Paul S. Monks is a Professor in atmospheric chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, University of Leicester, with research experience in the broad areas of tropospheric oxidation chemistry, stratospheric chemistry, atmospheric composition and photochemistry. Paul was appointed in Leicester in 1996, having undertaken post-doctoral work at UEA and NASA after a D. Phil in Oxford. He is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, Royal Society of Chemistry and was recently awarded the EU Lillehammer Award for young scientists. His main research interests are the scientific questions underlying the role of photochemistry in the control of atmospheric composition, chemistry and transport, particularly the impact of long-range transport on chemical composition, the feedbacks between climate and atmospheric chemistry, organic complexity, the control of regional pollution and the measurement of the troposphere from space in particular the linking of the observational scales. The research program he developed uses an integrated approach to both measurement and analysis in order to investigate complex atmospheric chemical systems. He currently serves on a number of national and international committees including being an ad-hoc member of DEFRA Air Quality Expert Group (2007-2009), NERC EO Directors Advisory Board (2006-), NERC SISB (2008-), NERC FAAM operations committee (2007-present), European Physics Society – Environmental Physics Board (2005-2009), management Committee for ACCENT and co-ordinator of T&TP sub-project (2004-2009) and co-chair for the IGBP-IGAC project (2010-2012). Prof. Monks has published over 50 reports and peer-reviewed articles in the last five years.


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