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Accent-Plus Symposium 2011

Air Quality and Climate Change: Interactions and Feedbacks

ACCENT-Plus Symposium

Urbino 13 -16 September 2011





8.30 – 12.00

ACCENT-Plus Steering Group Meeting

9.00 – 13.00


Opening Session – Chair  Michela Maione

14.00 – 15.00

Welcome addresses

Stefano Pivato, Rector of the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”



Cristina Sabbioni, Acting Director,  ISAC-CNR



Flavio Vetrano, Director DiSBeF, University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”

Liisa Jalkanen, Chief AER RES, WMO



Sandro Fuzzi, ACCENT-Plus Coordinator

Session 1: How can science best support policy? –  Chair Sandro Fuzzi

15.00 – 15.10

ACCENT-Plus: coordinating scientific activities in support of policy. Perspectives from  DG RTD

Jose M. Jimenez Mingo, EC -  DG RTD - Research and Innovation

Environment Directorate

15.10 – 15.30

Supporting integration of air pollution and climate change in European policy making

John van Aardenne , European Environment Agency, Denmark

15.30 – 15.50

Coffee break

15.50 – 16.10

Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution

Frank Dentener, EC-JRC, Ispra, Italy

16.10 – 16.30

Lessons from AeroCom for our PM knowledge base

Michael Schulz, Meteorologisk Institutt, Norway

16.30 – 16.50

The Pan-European Gas-Aerosols-Climate Interaction Study (PEGASOS)

Maria Kanakidou, FORTH-ICEHT Partas and University of Crete, Greece

16.50 – 17.10

The UNEP/WMO Assessment of SLCFs – Black carbon and tropospheric ozone

Martin Williams, King’s College London, United Kingdom

17.10 – 17.30

Advanced atmospheric observations for climate and environmental studies

Paolo Laj, LGGE Grenoble, France




17.30 – 18.10

ACCENT-Plus Associates assembly


Ice breaker



Session 2: Methane, air quality and climate – Chair Guy Brasseur

9.00 – 9.30

GMES Climate Service: towards a European knowledge base in support of mitigation and adaptation policies

Cornelis Cuvelier, EC, DG-ENTR GMES Bureau, Belgium

9.30 – 9.50

Air quality and climate change: integrated decision support for policy makers

Daniel Steiner, Joanneum Research Graz, Austria

9.50 – 10.10

Variability and long-term trends of methane and carbon column-averaged mole fractions retrieved from SCIAMACHY

Oliver Schneising, University of Bremen, Germany

10.10 – 10.30

Estimating NH trends and European emissions of methane from 1990 to 2010 using the NAME inversion methodology

Alistair Manning, UK Met Office, United Kingdom

10.30 – 11.30

Coffee & Poster session

11.30 – 11.50

From SCIAMACHY and MaMap to a CarbonSat Constellation: current and future measurements of carbon dioxide and methane from airborne and space based platforms

Andreas Richter, University of Bremen, Germany

11.50– 12.10

Inter-comparison of GOSAT and SCIAMACHY XCH4 retrievals, and implications for inverse modelling of methane sources and sinks

Guillaume Monteil, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

Session 3: Ozone, air quality and climate – Chair Guy Brasseur

12.10 – 12.40

Environmental impact of megacities, results from CityZen

Michael Gauss,  Meteorologisk Institutt, Norway

12.40 – 13.00

Analysis of the total peroxy nitrates and total alkyl nitrates observed above a tropical rain forest

Fabio Biancofiore, University of L’Aquila, Italy

13.00 -14.30

Lunch break

Session 3, continues – Chair Claire Granier

14.30 – 15.00

Impact of climate measures on air quality in urban areas

Leonor Tarrason, NILU, Norway

15.00 – 15.20

Air quality trends in Europe over the past decade: a first multi-model assessment

Augustin Colette, INERIS, France

15.20 – 15.40

Estimating NOx emissions and trends by combining measurements, air quality models and data assimilation

Henk Eskes, KNMI, the Netherlands

15.40 – 16.00

NO2 pollution trends 1996-2010: a multi-satellite approach

Andreas Hilboll, University of Bremen, Germany

16.00 – 16.20

Biases in air quality-climate change modelling

Astrid Manders, TNO,  the Netherlands

16.20 – 16.40

Impact of the emissions from the Eastern Mediterranean megacities on air quality

Ulas Im, University of Crete, Greece

16.40 – 17.00

Coffee break

17.00 – 17.20

The relative importance of impacts from climate change vs. emission change on air pollution levels

Camilla Geels, NERI, Denmark

17.20 – 17.40

Observed and simulated ozone and organic aerosol changes in the global troposphere the last decade

Nikos Daskalakis, University of Crete, Greece

17.40 – 18.00

Emission changes are more important for future surface ozone than climate change over Europe

Camilla Andersson, Stockholm University, Sweden

18.00 – 18.20

The impact of anthropogenic VOC speciation on the composition

of the troposphere

Ariela D’Angiola, LATMOS IPSL, France

18.20 – 18.40

How important are isoprene (biogenic) emissions in a megacity environment?

Paul Monks, University of Leicester, United Kingdom

18.40 – 20.00

Poster pub



Session 4: Nitrogen cycle, benefits and threats – Chair David Fowler

9.00 – 9.30

Interactions of reactive nitrogen with climate change and opportunities for integrated management strategies

Jan Willem Erisman, ECN, The Netherlands

9.30 – 9.50

Evaluating the importance of atmospheric deposition of nitrogen on the marine ecosystem in the east mediterranean

Maria Kanakidou, University of Crete, Greece

9.50 – 10.10

Nitrogen and greenhouse gas budgets from European  soil ecosystems, synthesis of the Level-3 site measurement network

Ute Skiba, CEH, United Kingdom

10.10 – 10.30

Atmospheric transport and deposition of NH3 in Europe:

effects of including bi-directional surface atmosphere  exchange

Roy Wichink Kruit, TNO, The Netherlands

10.30 –11.30

Coffee & Poster session

Session 5:  Particulate matter, climate and water cycle – Chair Yinon Rudich

11.30 – 12.00

Does atmospheric chemistry constitutes a significant feedback

in the climate system?

Frank Raes, EC-JRC, Ispra, Italy

12.00  – 12.20

Estimating the lifetime of black carbon in rural air

Neil Cape, CEH, United Kingdom

12.20  – 12.40

Sapuss: solving aerosol problems by using synergistic

strategies in Barcelona

Manuel Dall'Osto,  IDAEA-CSIC, Spain

12.40  – 13.00

Particulate Emissions from Residential Wood Combustion in


Hugo Denier  van der Gon, TNO, The Netherlands

13.00  – 14.30

Lunch break

Session 5: Particulate matter, climate and water cycle – Chair Yinon Rudich

14.30 – 15.00

Atmospheric particulate matter in a changing climate

Spyros Pandis, University of Patras, Greece

15.00 – 15.20

Primary and secondary marine organic aerosol sources

Matteo Rinaldi, ISAC-CNR, Italy

15.20 – 15.40

Combined SAGE II and CALIPSO observations of aerosol in the tropical upper troposphere and lower stratosphere

Larry Thomason, Langley Research Center, NASA, USA

15.40 – 16.00

The optical, physical and chemical properties of the products of glyoxal on ammonium sulphate and glycine seed aerosols

Miri Trainic, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

16.00 – 16.20

Coffee break

16.20 – 16.40

Integrating air quality and climate interactions research with policy Activities of the PEGASOS project

Bjoern Weber, Climate Service Centre, Germany

16.40 – 17.00

Limiting near-term climate change and improving air quality

Elisabetta Vignati, EC-JRC, Ispra, Italy

17.00 – 17.20

Atmospheric circulation patterns associated with intense dustoutbreaks over the Mediterranean basin

Nikos Mihalopoulos, University of Crete, Greece

17.20 – 17.40

EARLINET-ASOS, an European research infrastructure for the aerosol study at continental scale

Lucia Mona, CNR-IMAA, Italy


Gala dinner




Session 6: Air quality & health (human and ecosystems) – Chair Spyros Pandis

9.00 – 9.30

Oxidative potential of particulate matter: a promising new marker of PM toxicity

Frank Kelly, King’s College London, United Kingdom

9.30 – 9.50

Global health and climate benefits since the implementation of emission controls in the transport sector beyond EURO1 and EURO3

Rita Van Dingenen, EC-JRC, Ispra, Italy

9.50 – 10.10

Ti-O2 nanoparticles induce insulin resistance in liver-derived cells both directly and via macrophage activation

Yinon Rudich, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

10.10 – 10.30

Climate change, air-quality, and human and ecosystem health impacts in North America

Paul Makar, Environment Canada

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 11.30

Ground level ozone as a threat to food security – understanding interactions with other stresses affecting crop production.

Lisa Emberson, Stockholm Environment Institute,

University of York, United Kingdom

11.30 – 11.50

Ozone risk for vegetation in the future climate of Europe based on stomatal ozone uptake calculations

Hakan Pleijel, University of Gothenburg, Sweden


11.50 – 12.10

MOSESS: A new emission model for the compilation of model-ready emission inventories

Kostantinos Markakis, University of Thessaloniki, Greece

12.10 – 12.30

Concluding remarks




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