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Pyrogenic TRansformations Affecting Climate and Health

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Project "PyroTRACH" data sheet

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address: N PLASTIRA STR 100
postcode: 70013

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 Coordinator Country Greece [EL]
 Total cost 1˙999˙832 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙832 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-06-01   to  2022-05-31


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 Project objective

Biomass burning (BB) is a significant contributor to global atmospheric particulate matter, with strong impacts on climate, ecosystems and public health. Yet these impacts are highly uncertain, largely owing to our inability to track BB particulate matter and the evolution of their properties throughout most of its atmospheric lifetime. PyroTRACH will provide the necessary breakthroughs in our understanding of BB particles and their impacts by: i) deriving new markers of biomass burning with an atmospheric lifetime that exceeds the current limitation of about a day, ii) measuring highly uncertain but critically-important climate- and health- relevant properties of aerosols both from wildfire events that occur during summertime and from BB for heating purposes during wintertime in highly populated urban environments, iii) applying this new knowledge to quantify the contribution of biomass burning to aerosol in the Mediterranean region, and quantify its impacts on climate and public health. Novel state-of-the-art instrumentation, portable environmental chambers and well established measurement techniques will be applied in continuous measurements as well as intensive field campaigns to study the properties and evolution of BB particulates as they age in the atmosphere. Discovering new stable chemical markers that allow detection of BBOA many days after emission, while carefully and accurately following the climate and health-related properties of freshly emitted and aged BBOA, allows for an unprecedented understanding of the evolution and impacts of biomass burning aerosol and its impact on the Earth System and public health. Considering the increasing occurrence of wildfires, along with decreased emissions from fossil fuels means that accurately predicting the health and climate effects from biomass burning aerosol is one of the most important aspects of atmospheric aerosol that needs to be studied.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Sara Bacer, Sylvia C. Sullivan, Vlassis A. Karydis, Donifan Barahona, Martina Krämer, Athanasios Nenes, Holger Tost, Alexandra P. Tsimpidi, Jos Lelieveld, Andrea Pozzer
Implementation of a comprehensive ice crystal formation parameterization for cirrus and mixed-phase clouds in the EMAC model (based on MESSy 2.53)
published pages: 4021-4041, ISSN: 1991-959X, DOI: 10.5194/gmd-11-4021-2018
Geoscientific Model Development 11/10 2019-08-07
2019 Xurong Shi, Athanasios Nenes, Zhimei Xiao, Shaojie Song, Haofei Yu, Guoliang Shi, Qianyu Zhao, Kui Chen, Yinchang Feng, Armistead G. Russell
High-Resolution Data Sets Unravel the Effects of Sources and Meteorological Conditions on Nitrate and Its Gas-Particle Partitioning
published pages: 3048-3057, ISSN: 0013-936X, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b06524
Environmental Science & Technology 53/6 2019-08-07
2018 Hongyu Guo, Rene Otjes, Patrick Schlag, Astrid Kiendler-Scharr, Athanasios Nenes, Rodney J. Weber
Effectiveness of ammonia reduction on control of fine particle nitrate
published pages: 12241-12256, ISSN: 1680-7316, DOI: 10.5194/acp-18-12241-2018
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18/16 2019-08-07
2018 Hongyu Guo, Athanasios Nenes, Rodney J. Weber
The underappreciated role of nonvolatile cations in aerosol ammonium-sulfate molar ratios
published pages: 17307-17323, ISSN: 1680-7316, DOI: 10.5194/acp-18-17307-2018
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18/23 2019-08-07
2019 Nønne L. Prisle, Jack J. Lin, Sara Purdue, Haisheng Lin, J. Carson Meredith, Athanasios Nenes
Cloud condensation nuclei activity of six pollenkitts and the influence of their surface activity
published pages: 4741-4761, ISSN: 1680-7316, DOI: 10.5194/acp-19-4741-2019
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 19/7 2019-08-07
2018 Sullivan, Sylvia C.; Hoose, Corinna; Kiselev, Alexei; Leisner, Thomas; Nenes, Athanasios
Initiation of secondary ice production in clouds
published pages: , ISSN: 1680-7316, DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000080418
ISSN: 1680-7316, 1680-7324 1 2019-08-07
2018 Jenny P. S. Wong, Maria Tsagaraki, Irini Tsiodra, Nikolaos Mihalopoulos, Kalliopi Violaki, Maria Kanakidou, Jean Sciare, Athanasios Nenes, Rodney J. Weber
Atmospheric Evolution of Molecular Weight Separated Brown Carbon from Biomass Burning
published pages: 1-27, ISSN: 1680-7316, DOI: 10.5194/acp-2018-903
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions 2019-08-07
2019 George S. Fanourgakis, Maria Kanakidou, Athanasios Nenes, Susanne E. Bauer, Tommi Bergman, Ken S. Carslaw, Alf Grini, Douglas S. Hamilton, Jill S. Johnson, Vlassis A. Karydis, Alf Kirkevåg, John K. Kodros, Ulrike Lohmann, Gan Luo, Risto Makkonen, Hitoshi Matsui, David Neubauer, Jeffrey R. Pierce, Julia Schmale, Philip Stier, Kostas Tsigaridis, Twan van Noije, Hailong Wang, Duncan Watson-Parris, Daniel M. Westervelt, Yang Yang, Masaru Yoshioka, Nikos Daskalakis, Stefano Decesari, Martin Gysel Beer, Nikos Kalivitis, Xiaohong Liu, Natalie M. Mahowald, Stelios Myriokefalitakis, Roland Schrödner, Maria Sfakianaki, Alexandra P. Tsimpidi, Mingxuan Wu, Fangqun Yu
Evaluation of global simulations of aerosol particle number and cloud condensation nuclei, and implications for cloud droplet formation
published pages: 1-40, ISSN: 1680-7316, DOI: 10.5194/acp-2018-1340
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions 2019-08-07
2018 Evangelia Kostenidou, Eleni Karnezi, James R. Hite Jr., Aikaterini Bougiatioti, Kate Cerully, Lu Xu, Nga L. Ng, Athanasios Nenes, Spyros N. Pandis
Organic aerosol in the summertime southeastern United States: components and their link to volatility distribution, oxidation state and hygroscopicity
published pages: 5799-5819, ISSN: 1680-7316, DOI: 10.5194/acp-18-5799-2018
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18/8 2019-08-07
2018 Momei Qin, Xuesong Wang, Yongtao Hu, Xiang Ding, Yu Song, Mengmeng Li, Petros Vasilakos, Athanasios Nenes, Armistead G. Russell
Simulating Biogenic Secondary Organic Aerosol During Summertime in China
published pages: 11,100-11,119, ISSN: 2169-8996, DOI: 10.1029/2018jd029185
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 123/19 2019-08-07
2019 D. Paraskevopoulou, A. Bougiatioti, I. Stavroulas, T. Fang, M. Lianou, E. Liakakou, E. Gerasopoulos, R. Weber, A. Nenes, N. Mihalopoulos
Yearlong variability of oxidative potential of particulate matter in an urban Mediterranean environment
published pages: 183-196, ISSN: 1352-2310, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.02.027
Atmospheric Environment 206 2019-08-07
2019 Panayiotis Kalkavouras, Aikaterini Bougiatioti, Nikos Kalivitis, Maria Tombrou, Athanasios Nenes, Nikolaos Mihalopoulos
Regional New Particle Formation as Modulators of Cloud Condensation Nuclei and Cloud Droplet Number in the Eastern Mediterranean
published pages: 1-30, ISSN: 1680-7316, DOI: 10.5194/acp-2018-1254
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions 2019-08-07
2018 Petros Vasilakos, Armistead Russell, Rodney Weber, Athanasios Nenes
Understanding nitrate formation in a world with less sulfate
published pages: 12765-12775, ISSN: 1680-7324, DOI: 10.5194/acp-18-12765-2018
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18/17 2019-08-07

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