Caring about the future

Size distribution of carbonaceous aerosol particles at different Iberian locations
Coordinator - Célia Alves
Programme - Ação Integrada Luso-Espanhola nº E-84/07
Execution dates - 2010-01-01 - 2012-12-31 (36 Months)
Funding Entity - CRUP
Funding for CESAM - 3500 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade de Aveiro
Participating Institutions
Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Madrid

Project Description

The growing awareness of the impact of atmospheric particulate matter (PM) on climate, and the incompletely recognised but serious effects of anthropogenic aerosols on air quality and human health, have led to diverse studies involving almost exclusively the coarse or the fine PM fractions. However, these environmental effects, the formation processes and the source assignment depend greatly on the particle size distribution. The innovative character of this study consists in obtaining time series with a size-segregated detailed chemical composition of PM for differently polluted Iberian sites, which may be further used for a more accurate assessment of emission sources and atmospheric formation processes. One group of experimental sites will be placed at the Portuguese Atlantic coast, while another group will be located at the centre of the Iberian Peninsula, in the Madrid Metropolitan Area. Novel receptor modelling statistical techniques for identification of local/remote sources, and for quantifying contributions, will be applied.

CESAM members on this project
Casimiro Pio
Participating researcher
Célia A. Alves

Participating researcher
Teresa Nunes
Participating researcher

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020