Research & Organizational Project

ATMO ACCESS - Solutions for Sustainable Access to Atmospheric Research Facilities

Coordinator on the University of Warsaw:
dr hab. Iwona S. Stachlewska
Funding institution:
European Commission, HORIZON 2020
Realization period:
April 1, 2021 - March 31, 2025
dr hab. Iwona S. Stachlewska Coordinator on the University of Warsaw
dr Anetta Drzeniecka-Osiadacz Principal investigator
dr hab. Mariola Jabłońska Principal investigator
dr Łucja Janicka Principal investigator
dr Dominika Szczepanik Principal investigator
mgr Afwan Hafiz Investigator
mgr Maciej Karasewicz Investigator
prof. dr hab. Szymon P. Malinowski Co-investigator
prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Markowicz Co-investigator
dr Christiana Olusegun Investigator
mgr Emeka Ugboma Investigator

Coordinated by CNRS, France project entitled "Sustainable Access Provision to Distributed Atmospheric Research Infrastructures" (ATMO-ACCESS) of joined forces in ACTRIS (including EUROCHAMP) and INGOS/ICOS, and expertise from other RIs (including IAGOS) with the overall objective to define modalities for sustainable provision of access in atmospheric research infrastructures. The project is a pilot that will propose the most suited modalities by which access provision to RI platforms could be granted in future EU programs in Horizon-Europe, addressing the organisation of ACCESS (Physical, Remote, Virtual) in distributed RIs and using the provision of TNA as benchmarking. The starting point in ATMO-ACCESS is clearly the work on access done as part of ENVRI-PLUS and ACTRIS PPP. Thus it is not a classical INFRAIA project, but a pilot dedicated to preparing future calls.

NOTE: ATMO-ACCESS offers TRANS-NATIONAL-ACCESS (TNA), including physical and remote access to research infrastructures of Warsaw Observatory Station: Remote Sensing Laboratory (RS-Lab), Radiation Transfer Laboratory (RT-Lab) and Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (FD-Lab).

Physical TNA access is coordinated by Łucja Janicka.

Remote TNA access is coordinated by Dominika Szczepanik.

The European research community of atmospheric sciences has received 15 million euros from the H2020 Programme of the European Commission, in order to promote access to its research infrastructures. The ATMO-ACCESS consortium (“Sustainable Access to Atmospheric Research Facilities”) gathers together 38 scientific institutions from 19 European countries of the atmospheric research infrastructures ACTRIS, ICOS et IAGOS, and is coordinated by the French National Research Centre (CNRS).

Allowing sustainable access to research infrastructures is a key element for scientific innovation but also for economic growth. Currently, several logistic, financial, and administrative obstacles limit optimal access to such infrastructures, besides some specific frameworks. The main goal of ATMO ACCESS is to develop solutions for sustainable access to atmospheric research facility services, which could also be applied to other domains, especially research infrastructures distributed in different countries.

In this project, the entire scientific community, as well as private sector actors, will have the opportunity to access the main European research platforms, participate in scientific experiments, train new measurement techniques, test new sensors, or develop new applications based on data from research infrastructures. The project will also mobilize drones or laboratory trucks in support of scientific experiments and new remote access capabilities which are particularly important during periods of restricted mobility, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, or to reduce the carbon footprint. ATMO-ACCESS will open physical and remote access to 43 operational European atmospheric research facilities (ground-based observation stations, simulation chambers, but also mobile facilities and central laboratories). Additionally, innovative cross-RI cloud services, addressing the management of data produced via access and the use of new, integrated data products, but also virtual tools for training, are offered through virtual access to RI data centers.

All work in ATMO-ACCESS integrates experiences from past access programs, thus, synergistically streamlining the work and avoiding duplication of efforts. ATMO-ACCESS will continuously engage with users and with national and international stakeholders to propose optimal conditions for a coherent and effective framework of access and involve the relevant user and stakeholder groups to establish and ensure the long-term sustainability of access with the European RI landscape. This funding rewards a strong interaction between the 3 RIs of the Atmosphere domain ACTRIS, ICOS, and IAGOS and for the development of inter-RI services. Breaking down barriers between communities will facilitate the use of these services and allow for new scientific discoveries.