Importance of long range transport of BIOmass burning emissions to local Smog events in Urban Environments (BIOSURE)

Narodowe Centrum Nauki, DAINA

Project type: Research project

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics, Atmospheric Physics Department

Project realisation: July 6, 2021 - July 5, 2023

dr hab. Iwona S. Stachlewska Project leader
dr Olga Zawadzka-Mańko Principal investigator
dr Pablo Ortiz Amezcua Principal investigator

The joint Polish Lithuanian research effort is proposed by expert teams in remote sensing at University of Warsaw (UW) and in-situ observations at State Research Institute Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC) with an aim at assessing the importance of local versus long-range transported biomass burning aerosol on smog conditions in urban environment. Measurements in two cities characterized by distinctly different urban air-pollution conditions (Warsaw vs Vilnius) will be conducted with the same set of instruments: modern in-situ sensors (aethalometer and nephelometer), sun-photometers (AERONET/ACTRIS), and new generation complex lidar systems (operated at University of Warsaw in the frame of EARLINET/ACTRIS - PollyXT lidar and ESA ground based support - EMORAL lidar). Observations will be conducted during dedicated IOPs (winter smog vs summer photo-smog) and during long-term study (covering at least one year of continuous 24/7 data provision). For multifactorial analyses, well known modern methods (some of them developed by the Partners of this proposal) will be used in a combination with other data sources (satellite MODIS and SEVIRI observations), air-mass transport models (HySPLIT) and air-quality/aerosol models (NAAPS,CAMS). The project is a follow up activity of a pilot study performed on voluntary basis in summer 2019, that demonstrated a need for further collaboration. This project, if kindly funded, will help us to maintain and tighten our joint research activities. The results of project are relevant. They have potential to be directly used for scientific discoveries in radiative forcing field. Moreover, they have a high societal impact as they are directly related to air-quality.