Research projects in Air Quality

The Air Quality research unit at SMHI is involved in a wide range of national and international research projects, covering different issues related to Air Quality.

This implies participation in EU framework programmes and EU related networks, thus allowing us to perform research and development in accordance with European user requirements. The unit is also actively involved in Air Quality related projects in different parts of the world, such as Asia and South America.

The activities of the Air quality research unit at SMHI cover modelling of atmospheric dispersion, chemical and physical transformations and deposition of substances from global to local scales.

Local and urban scale modelling

Current projects
Project Description Year
SIMAIR Model tool for evaluation of Air Quality (road traffic and residential wood combustion) 2005-
Evaluation of SIMAIR Evaluation of SIMAIR and a new emission model for non-exhaust particles (NORTRIP) against monitoring data from Stockholm, Göteborg and Umeå 2012-2013
B[a]P in SIMAIR Including of benzopyren in SIMAIR and evaluation against monitoring data in Västerbotten 2012-2013
SIMAIRscenario Applications of a new tool for visualisation of emission scenarios 2011-2012
NORTRIP Nordic project for development of tools for assessing the effect on Air Quality and exposure to non-exhaust road traffic induced particles 2010-2011

Concluded projects
Project Description Year
Umeå municipality High-resolution maps of NO2 and PM10 concentrations 2011
Scenario tool Development of new tool for visualization of emission scenarios 2009-2010
PEXAIR Development of new tool for calculation of population exposure 2009-2010
Mapping of particles in Sweden State of the art regarding measurements and modelling of particles in Sweden 2010
Further development of BUM Evaluation and further development of the urban dispersion model BUM 2009-2010
Scenario calculations of Air Quality Local and regional Air Quality calculations for future scenarios with reduced European emissions 2009-2010
Roadside Exposure level calculations for 50 000 persons at different residential addresses in Sweden 2008-2009

Regional scale modelling

Current projects
Project Description Year
SUDPLAN EU FP7-project for development of a web-based tool for visualization of Air Quality, extream rainfall and river flooding in a future climate 2010-2012
CLEO Links between Climate Change and Air Quality 2010-2015
NMR cancer Nordic project for calculation of emissions and exposure to carcinogenic substances 2012-2013

Concluded projects
Project Description Year
National environmental goals Scenario calculations of emissions, concentrations and deposition in Sweden 2010-2011
GASLINK High-resolution modelling of ozone and other air pollutants in Stockholm 2009-2010
EURO-DELTA Effects of future emission reductions regarding air pollution concentrations 2003-2010
EURANOS European preparedness system for nuclear energy accidents 2004-2009

Aerosol modelling

Current projects
Project Description Year
OSCES Evaluation of MATCH against satellite data, PhD project in cooperation with Chalmers 2012-2014
CLEO Links between Climate Change and Air Quality - aerosols and clouds 2010-2015
MACCII Modelling of Aerosol-Cloud-Climate interaction and impacts 2010-2013
SCARP II Research project for increased knowledge of the impact of air pollutants on human health 2010-2012
Aersol-project Increased understanding of chemical, structural and optic aerosol characteristic 2008-2011
SLCP Short-lived climate forcers: coordination of work in Sweden 2011-

Air Quality Forecasts (chemical weather)

Current projects
Project Description Year
MACC Global and regional Air Quality forecasts using dispersion models and satellite data (sequel to GEMS) 2009-2012
Warning service Warning service for heat waves and air pollution 2011-2012

Concluded projects
Project Description Year
Ozone forecasts Improvements of ozone forecasts with statistical post-processing of atmospheric measurements and other predictors 2010-2011
Visability forecasts Development of a pre-operational forecasting system for calculation of aerosol and molecules impacts of transmission of UV, optic and IR radiation in the atmosphere 2005-2009
GEMS Global and regional Air Quality forecasts using dispersion models and satellite data 2008-2009

Air Quality and Climate Change

Current projects
Project Description Year
SUDPLAN EU FP7-project for development of a web-based tool for visualization of Air Quality, extream rainfall and river flooding in a future climate 2010-2012
CLEO Links between Climate Change and Air Quality 2010-2015
EnsClim Investigation of unanimity in calculations of impacts of Climate Change on Air Quality and its effects in northern Europe 2010-2012
IMPACT2C Quantifying projected impacts under 2 oC warming 2011-2014
ECLAIRE Effects of climate change on air pollution impacts and response strategies for European ecosystems 2011-2014
NMR health-climate Nordic project for calculation of health effects and external costs in a future climate 2012-2013

Education

Current projects
Project Description
University courses Recurring lectures and exercises in Air Quality modelling for students at Swedish universities

Concluded projects
Project Description Year
Sida APM-course 1 International Training Programme in Air Pollution Management, for participants from South America, Africa and Asia 2006-2011
Sida APM-course 2 International Training Programme in Air Pollution Management, for participants from India 2009-2011