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Implementation of a dynamical Pollen Module and the transformations of the pollen including feedbacks in a numerical Weather Forecast Model

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University of Worcester 

Organization address
address: Henwick Grove
city: Worcester
postcode: WR2 6AJ
website: www.worc.ac.uk

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website https://twitter.com/tweetgrundan
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2019-03-24

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1    University of Worcester UK (Worcester) coordinator 195˙454.00

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 Project objective

The main goal of the proposed project is to provide an advanced mathematical model (WRF-BioChem) for modelling the emission, dispersion and concentration of bioaerosols at the regional scale. The model will with this development be able to handle feedback mechanisms between biology, chemistry and weather. The model is developed to go beyond state-of-the-art by developing the mathematical model for oak pollen and by doing it at the species level. The project supported by a three companion projects on grass pollen, fungal spores (Alternaria) and pathogens – all at species level. These projects deliver the needed resources for detection. As such the mathematical model will be a validated model that will be generally applicable for bioaerosols including pollen, pathogens and fungal spores. Detection of pollen will be carried out by supporting staff and projects using both traditional methods based on optical detection at the genus level and next generation sequencing at the species level. This proposal requires multidisciplinary approach to the problem as pollen appearance and behaviour in the air is dependent on many factors, including meteorological conditions, chemical composition of the atmosphere or surface properties as well as feedbacks between these elements. WRF-Chem currently used in air quality modelling will therefore be adapted for studying transport of bioaerosols in a way consistent with the transport and transformation of other air pollutants. Until now, no atmospheric model is used for the simulation of pollen at the species level in either Europe or in USA. Also, it will be the first time simulations of oak pollen will be possible in Europe or in USA. Also, it will be the first time simulations of oak pollen will be possible in Europe. Finally, it will be the first mathematical model that allows for a full feedback between meteorology, chemistry, bioaerosols and the terrestrial biosphere. The model developments will be implemented in forecasting.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2019 Maria Grundström, Beverley Adams-Groom, Catherine H. Pashley, Åslög Dahl, Karen Rasmussen, Letty A. de Weger, Michel Thibaudon, Santiago Fernández-Rodríguez, Inmaculada Silva-Palacios, Carsten A. Skjøth
Oak pollen seasonality and severity across Europe and modelling the season start using a generalized phenological model
published pages: 527-536, ISSN: 0048-9697, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.01.212
Science of The Total Environment 663 2019-06-06

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