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ACTRIS-2: Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure

European Project supported by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme (H2020-INFRAIA-2014-2015) from 1 May 2015 to 30 April 2019.

The ACTRIS-2 Integrating Activities (IA) addresses the scope of integrating state-of-the-art European ground-based stations for long-term observations of aerosols, clouds and short lived gases. It consolidates and improves services offered within FP7 funded Integrated Infrastructures Initiative ACTRIS (2011-2015). ACTRIS-2 takes up the overarching objectives of ACTRIS to further integrate the European ground-based stations and to construct a user-oriented RI, unique in the EU-RI landscape, for aerosols, clouds, and short-lived gas-phase species.

ACTRIS-2 responds to user needs:

  • To maintain and increase availability of long-term observational data relevant to climate and airquality research on the regional scale produced with standardized or comparable procedures throughout the ACTRIS network of stations;
  • To further develop and disseminate integration tools to fully exploit the use of multiple atmospheric techniques at ground-based stations, in particular for the calibration/validation/integration of satellite sensors and for the improvement of the parameterizations used in global and regional-scale climate and air-quality models;
  • To open calibration facilities and advanced observing platforms to Trans-National Access to the benefit of a large user community, including SMEs, and to further facilitate virtual access to high quality information, tools and services enhancing the ACTRIS Data Centre;
  • To maintain and enhance capacity of training in the field of atmospheric observations particularly directed to new users including those from non-EU developing countries;
  • To increase the Technology Readiness Level of technologies for atmospheric observation of aerosols, clouds, and trace gases in close partnership with EU SMEs associated to the project.
  • To develop a sustainable strategy for maintaining ACTRIS-services in the long-term, improving synergies with all relevant research infrastructures in the field of environmental sciences and coordination with national strategies in the EU.

ACTRIS-2 will represent a fundamental step towards the establishment of the atmospheric component of the Integrated European Observing System and a clear upgrade in services offered to users.

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is engaged in ACTRIS-2 through the Trans National Access to its atmospheric infrastructures (Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory; and the provision of quality controlled atmospheric data for Cyprus. CyI will perform joined research activities on improving the accuracy of aerosol light absorption determinations. It will test novel miniaturized (black carbon) instruments and deploy them on board its UAVs during several field campaigns to contribute to aerosol optical closure studies between remote sensing and in-situ absorption retrievals.

The Project is funded by the European Union

Prof Jean Sciare,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel. +357 222 08700 +357 222 08 675

Prof Mihalis Vrekoussis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel. +357 22208700 +357 22208698 

Additional Info

  • Acronym: ACTRIS-2
  • Center: EEWRC
  • Funding Source: European Union/ Horizon 2020
  • CyI Funding: 191089€
  • Funding Period: 48 months
  • Starting Date: May 2015
  • End Date: April 2019
  • Coordinator: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy
  • Partners: Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS),
    Leibniz Institut für Troposphaerenforschung e.V. (TROPOS),
    National Observatory of Athens (NOA),
    Norsk Institutt for Luftforskning (NILU),
    Ilmatieteen Laitos (FMI),
    Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI),
    Helsingin Yliopisto (UHEL),
    Eidgenoessische Materialpruefungs- und Forschungsanstalt (EMPA),
    European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF),
    Meteorologisk Institutt (MET Norway),
    National Institute of Research and Development for Optoelectronics (INOE),
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen (LMU),
    Universidad de Valladolid (UVA),
    Universidad de Granada (UGR),
    Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC),
    Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI),
    Cesky Hydrometeorologicky Ustav (CHMI),
    Lunds Universitet (ULUND),
    The Cyprus Institute Limited (CYI),
    Rheinisches Institut fuer Umwelt-Forschung an der Universitaet zu Koeln e.V. (RIUUK),
    Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD),
    University of Leeds (UNIVLEEDS),
    Natural Environment Research Council (NERC),
    Pannon Egyetem (UPAC),
    B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics of The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (IPNASB),
    Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze Fisiche della Materia (CNISM),
    Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (INRNE),
    National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)

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