Project - Aeromet - Aerosol metrology for atmospheric science and air quality

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Project - Aeromet - Aerosol metrology for atmospheric science and air quality

Funded by the EMPIR programme and the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Project start June 2017. Completion June 2020.

Measurements of aerosol particles are vital for the European air quality regulations to protect human health, and for research on climate change effects. Currently, parameters such as PM10 and PM2.5 are used in air quality regulation policies, but the uncertainty of the metrics are too high and the traceability is insufficient.

The Aeromet project aims at implementing new standards for calibration and traceability of particle mass (PM), size and number concentration.   These parameters are vital in order to characterize airborne particles within the European Union. Also, the chemical particle compositions will be investigated since there is a need for further regulations and understanding of specific aerosol components such as elemental carbon and organic carbon composition (EC/OC).

This project will lay the foundation and strengthens the metrological framework for air quality monitoring in Europe.

Project objectives

  • Characterization of carbonaceous particles from wood stove smoke and candles with emphasis on elemental carbon and black carbon (DTI responsible for this activity)
  • Improve comparability of optical and gravimetrical methods for PM10 and PM2.5 measurements (DTI activity)
  • Development of calibration methods for PM10 and PM2.5 in an independent aerosol mixing chamber
  • Traceable quantification of regulated aerosol components with very high detection sensitivity
  • Development of ultrafine particle calibration procedures for mobility particle size spectrometers (MPSS) and condensation particle counters (CPC)
  • Application of mobile X-ray fluorescence for field aerosol sampling & compositional analysis


Project partners

  • Danish Technological Institute, Denmark
  • FORCE Technology, Denmark
  • DFM (Dansk Fundamental Metrologi), Denmark
  • PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt), Germany
  • BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung), Germany
  • CMI (Cesky Metrologicky Institut), Czech Republic
  • INRIM (Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica), Italy
  • LNE (Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais), France
  • NILU (Norsk Institutt for Luftforskning), Norway
  • NPL (National Physical Laboratory), United Kingdom
  • CIEMAT (Centro de investigaciones energeticas, medioambientales y tecnológicas), Spain
  • IJS (Institut Jozef Stefan), Slovenia
  • IRSN (Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire), France
  • LUND (Lunds Universitet), Sweden
  • MTA-EK (Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Centre for Energy Research), Hungary
  • NTUA (National Technical University of Athens – NTUA), Greece
  • PMO (Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale), Italy
  • IFT (Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung), Germany
  • UNICAS (Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale), Italy
  • BRUKER (Bruker Nano GmbH), Germany
  • METAS (Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS), Switzerland 


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