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ACTRIS Community

ACTRIS has a large European wide community.

At the moment 22 countries have shown their commitment at organizational or state level and overall ACTRIS community involves more than 100 research performing organizations. 

Countries participating in ACTRIS

ACTRIS-FI is the Finnish component of the distributed research infrastructure ACTRIS. ACTRIS-FI will host ACTRIS Head Office and the statutory seat of ACTRIS legal entity. ACTRIS Head Office will comprehend the ERIC Management Unit, RI Operations Unit, and Strategies and Relation Unit. ACTRIS-FI is organized as a consortium of 4 Research Performing Organizations (RPOs): the University of Helsinki (UHEL), the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), and Tampere University (TAU). The RPOs contribute to ACTRIS Central Facility by hosting, coordinating and supporting the ACTRIS Data Centre namely the CloudNet database (FMI), ACTRIS Centre for Cloud Remote Sensing and ACTRIS Centre for Aerosol and Reactive Trace Gases in-situ Measurements (UHEL). ACTRIS-FI is based on a large number of existing observational sites (SMEAR I-IV) and exploratory platforms operating on a national level from the Baltic Sea to Finnish Arctic, as well high quality observation sites overseas (Antarctic Peninsula) and Northern Siberia. ACTRIS-FI belongs to the Finnish RI roadmap 2014-2020 as a major part of INAR (Institute of Atmospheric and Earth System Research).

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contacts:

Person: Markku Kulmala (National ACTRIS Director)

E-mail: markku.kulmala@helsinki.fi

Person: Silja Häme (National ACTRIS Coordinator, contact person, on leave)

E-mail: silja.hame@helsinki.fi

Person: Päivi Haapanala (National ACTRIS Coordinator, contact person, 

E-mail: paivi.haapanala@helsinki.fi

CIAO Station ACTRIS Italy

Seven Italian institutions, both Universities and Research Performing Organizations, work on ACTRIS related research activities since about 15
years within several research and collaboration projects. National consortium has been recently organized as a Joint Research Unit named ACTRIS Italy (ACTRIS- IT) and has been formally established in October 2017. The ACTRIS-IT foreseen, as a governance body, the General Assembly, that will be established in the first part of 2018 and is the major decision body, and a coordination team for a day-to-day activities managing. ACTRIS-IT will have a multi-annual activity plan as well as a financial plan. All the parties of the JRU will contribute in terms of human and instrumental resources. ACTRIS is present in PNIR, the national research infrastructure roadmap, on-line at www.ponrec.it/media/388972/pnir.pdf.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contact:

Person: Gelsomina Pappalardo, National Research Council of Italy – Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis (CNR-IMAA)

E-mail: gelsomina.pappalardo@imaa.cnr.it

National website:

www.actris.it

ACTRIS-FR is the French component of the distributed research infrastructure ACTRIS. ACTRIS-FR coordinates sustained observations on aerosols, atmospheric water, trace gases, dynamics and thermodynamic, from the surface through the troposphere and into the stratosphere to construct a multi-parameter dataset of enhance quality to respond to the research needs of the French climate community. ACTRIS-FR is based on a number of different building blocks including national observation services, multi-parameter instrument sites, experimental simulation platforms, and calibration centres operating over the French continent and overseas (Southern Indian Ocean, Africa). Data management and provision is coordinated and supported by AERIS, the French atmospheric data centre. ACTRIS-FR is listed on the French national Roadmap 2016 and is in the process of being implemented.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contact:

Person: Paolo Laj (Executive Director)

E-mail: direction@actris.fr

National website:

www.actris.fr

 

ACTRIS-RO is organized as a consortium of institutions, with a MoU signed. The consortium includes RPOs that are potentially hosting NFs and CF Units, but also institutions that are ACTRIS users (Universities, public services, SMEs). ACTRIS-RO has been recently included on the national research infrastructure roadmap. ACTRIS-RO has applied for structural funds to build further its capacities. For example, MARS site has been approved and is currently under construction. Other applications are foreseen in the near future.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contacts:

Person: Doina Nicolae, National Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics

E-mail: nnicol@inoe.ro

National website:

http://actris.ro

The ACTRIS consortium in The Netherlands has a formal collaboration agreement under the name of CESAR (Cabauw Experimental Site for Atmospheric Research). The collaborating parties are KNMI, TU-Delft, TNO, RIVM, Wageningen University, Utrecht University and ESA-ESTEC.

The CESAR facility is on the National Roadmap for large scale scientific research infrastructures. The proposal Ruisdael Obsservatory submitted in response to an infrastructure call for the National Roadmap has recently been awarded. The Ruisdael Observatory is a project from the joined CESAR and ICOS-NL consortia. The ICOS-NL partners have signed declarations of intention to join the CESAR collaboration agreement.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contacts:

Person: Arnoud Apituley, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

E-mail: apituley@knmi.nl

Person: Herman Russchenberg, Technical University Delft

E-mail: h.w.j.russchenberg@tudelft.nl

National website:

www.cesar-observatory.nl

ACTRIS-Spain is currently organized under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by 11 RPOs, namely:

• Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

• Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET)

• Barcelona Supercomputer Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC)

• lnstituto lnteruniversitario de lnvestigación del Sistema Tierra en Andalucia.

Universidad de Granada (IISTA-UGR)

• Centro de lnvestigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT)

• Fundación de la Comunitat Valenciana Centro de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterráneo (CEAM)

• lnstituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA)

• Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH)

• Universidad de Valladolid (UVA)

• Universitat de València (UV)

• Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

 

The Spanish National Research Infrastructure Roadmap does not exist at present, but the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, from which research infrastructures depend, has expressed its interest in ACTRIS by providing a letter of intent to the coordinator of the ESFRI proposal. In addition, the RPOs have also provided letters committing in-kind support.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contacts:

Person: Adolfo Comerón, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

E-mail: comeron@tsc.upc.edu

Person: Amalia Muñoz, CEAM

E-mail: amalia@ceam.es

National website:

http://www.bsc.es/actris/en

Several  Greek  institutions,  both  Universities  and  Research  Performing  Organizations, work on ACTRIS related research activities since about 20 years within several research and collaboration projects. ACTRIS-GR is on the Greek National Roadmap since 2016 under the name PANACEA. It will be enter soon in its preparation phase and the consortium agreement, will be signed until mid- 2018. The ACTRIS-GR foreseen, as a governance body, the General Assembly and a coordination team for a day-to-day activities managing.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contact:

Person: Nikolaos Mihalopoulos

E-mail: nmihalo@noa.gr

Currently, the consortium is informal and there is no UK air quality infrastructure roadmap. A UK ACTRIS website is being developed and virtual and face-to-face meetings are being organized in 2018. Both Chilbolton and Auchencorth are funded through Research Centre National Capability funding (though in separate parts) and the future for each site is relatively secure. Until very recently there wasn’t a national infrastructure roadmap, but one will be developed after April 2018 when the research councils formally merge to become UKRI. However, it’s not clear whether ACTRIS-UK will qualify for such a roadmap as this will be for very large projects.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contact:

Person: Geraint Vaughan, National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and School of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Manchester

E-mail: Geraint.Vaughan@manchester.ac.uk

ACTRIS-Cy has been ranked first of the ESFRI projects in the Expression of Interest coordinated in July 2017 by the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development (DGEPCD) in the framework of the 2016 National Roadmap. The governance structure of ACTRIS-Cy is currently being setting up.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contacts:

Person: Prof. Jean Sciare, EEWRC director, The Cyprus Institute

E-mail: j.sciare@cyi.ac.cy

There is a letter of intent from the Swiss government, and several preparatory meetings have taken place, however, there is no Memorandum of Understanding yet. The Swiss partners will submit in early 2018 the documentation for the inclusion of ACTRIS into the Swiss national research infrastructure Roadmap 2019.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contact:

Person: Urs Baltensperger, Paul Scherrer Institute

E-mail: urs.baltensperger@psi.ch

ACTRIS-CZ is the Czech component of the distributed research infrastructure ACTRIS. Based on the long-term collaboration on implementation of the national and international projects, monitoring programmes and networks, four partners (Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, The Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the CAS, v.v.i., Global Change Research Institute of the CAS, v.v.i., Masaryk univerzity CAS, v.v.i.), signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Future Cooperation in 2013 and formally established the ACTRIS consortia in the Czech Republic. The research infrastructure was selected based on its uniqueness within Europe, offering a comprehensive measurement programme at the forefront of research in the specific domains covered within ACTRIS (vertical aerosol distribution, in-situ aerosol properties, trace gases) together with state-of-the-art equipment, high level of services, and capacity to provide research-driven training to young scientists and new users.

ACTRIS-CZ is on the national research infrastructure roadmap.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contact:

Contact: Milan Váňa, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute

E-mail: milan.vana@chmi.cz

National website:

http://www.actris-ri.cz/cs/

  • Consortium agreement signed between Institute of Geophysics PAS, Institute of Environmental Engineering PAS, Institute of Meteorology and Water Man – agement NRI and University of Warsaw.
  • Extension of existing consortium or reestablishment of new extended one is planned when a call for national roadmap upgrade and evaluation will be opened (expected at the beginning of 2018), whereby the potential candidates are:
        – Institute of Environmental Protection NRI (operator of Diabla Góra site)
        – Poznan University of Life Sciences (operator of Rzecin site)
        – University of Silesia in Katowice

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contact:

Aleksander Pietruczuk

Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences

The National Facilities and contributions to Topical Centres in ACTRIS; there is not yet any MoU nor official consortium document established.
Belgium does not yet have a national Roadmap but is planning to have one in the future. The Belgian (federal) Science Policy Office is supporting ACTRIS. A meeting with all Belgian funding authorities to solicit support for ACTRIS will be organized soon.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contacts:
 
Laurence Lenoir and Aline Van der Werf

Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO)
 
 

The ACTRIS-BG Bulgarian national consortium consists of two research organizations, Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy and Institute of Electronics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, which have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The organizations are involved in ACTRIS activities with their atmospheric measurement sites – mountain station BEO Moussala (for aerosol in situ observations) and Sofia EARLINET lidar station (for aerosol remote-sensing observations). Since June 2017 ACTRIS-BG has been on the Bulgaria National roadmap for research infrastructure 2017-2023, which is a clear sign for the national recognition of the conducted research.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contacts:

Person: Ivo Kalapov, Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy (INRNE)

E-mail: kalapov@inrne.bas.bg

Person: Dimitar Tonev, Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy (INRNE)

E-mail: dimitar.tonev@lnl.infn.it

National website:

www.actris-bg.eu

ACTRIS-NO contribute to the pan-European initiative by implementing the Norwegian scientific and operational components such that they are adequate for ACTRIS on the European level, but also address the specific needs of the national research community and stakeholders.

ACTRIS-NO aims to have a central role in the European ACTRIS Data Centre in the future, and additionally contribute with high quality observations from Norwegian observatories. In particular, the Norwegian observatories will cover the Polar Regions, both Arctic and Antarctica, producing high quality data of aerosol, cloud and trace gas variables from these challenging and highly vulnerable areas.

ACTRIS-NO is based on a number of different building blocks including four national observatories, and ACTRIS Data Centre. NILU has coordinated the ACTRIS data centre ACTRIS Data Center and the primary data base for in situ data EBAS since the start of ACTRIS, and even ranging back from the pre-projects EUSAAR and CREATE at the start of the year of 2001.

ACTRIS-NO will contribute by continuation and strengthen the data production from:

  • Birkenes Observatory, 58.23N, 8.15E, 190 m a.s.l., regional background site located in a forest area in southern part of Norway. Birkenes is an ACTRIS aerosol in situ measurement site for which data also supports other programs and RIs (EMEP, ICOS).
  • Zeppelin Observatory, 78.91N, 11.89E, 474 m, is hemispheric background site in the Arctic located at a mountain top at Svalbard. Zeppelin is an ACTRIS aerosol and trace gas in situ measurement site, for which data also supports other programs and RIs (EMEP, ICOS, AGAGE, AMAP and others).
  • Trollhaugen Observatory, 72S, 2.5E, 1309 m hemispheric background site in the Antarctica, continuous aerosol in situ measurement program, aim to comply with ACTRIS, but special procedures are required due to the extremely remote location.
  • Arctic Lidar Observatory for Middle Atmosphere Research- ALOMAR, 69.3N, 16.0E, 380 m, regional background site located on a mountain on Andøya, Northern Norway. ALOMAR is an ACTRIS aerosol profile site offering lidar aerosol products, and sun/moon photometer data, the latter in collaboration with ACTRIS-Spain.
Next steps:

ACTRIS-NO, in its interim phase, organising the national contributions and ambitions. This is done spuupported by the project “Framing “Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure” in Norway” financed by the Norwegian Research Council. There is an open call for large infrastructures in Norway autumn 2018, and ACTRIS-NO consortium will submit a proposal.

Currently there are 2 main objectives:

1) ACTRIS Data Centre and the data curation of all in situ data – to coordinate activities for improving and further development of ACTRIS Data Centre for future needs.

2) To maintain and develop National facilities of ACTRIS by supporting technical upgrades.

Furthermore, NILU, participates in ACTRIS-PPP. ACTRIS-PPP brings together a wide community of research performing organizations, research funding organizations and ministries to take the decisions and actions to move forward in the implementation of the ACTRIS for future. ACTRIS-NO is represented by Norwegian stakeholders in the ACTRIS Interim Council, by Åsa Alexandra Borg Pedersen, Norwegian Pollution Authorities.

 
Research performing organizations:
 
The identification of Norwegian Research Performing Organizations involved in ACTRIS-NO is in progress. The Norwegian institutions actively involved spring 2018 are:
 
NILU – Norsk institutt for luftforskning (NILU)   (contact: Cathrine Lund Myhre)
Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET-NO)   (contact: Michael Schulz)
Andøya Space Center (ASC)   (contact: Michael Gausa)
 
Contact:
 

Person: Cathrine Lund Myhre, NILU (National focal point and coordinating the Norwegian contribution)

E-mail: clm@nilu.no

National website:
 
 
 

The ACTRIS-Ireland consortium is yet to be formalised. The two main participants (NUIG and UCC) are already part of ACTRIS and EUROCHAMP-2020. Discussions have been initiated with Met Éireann and plans to engage with the principal funding agencies (EPA, SFI, IRC), as well as the relevant government departments are in place. The aim is to secure a letter of intent signed by the ministries/funding agencies  and  prepare  a  Memorandum  of  Understanding  between the  consortium members.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council:

Contact:

Person: Colin O’Dowd

E-mail: colin.odowd@nuigalway.ie

 

 

ACTRIS-DK is the Danish component of the distributed research infrastructure ACTRIS. ACTRIS-DK is constituted by a national ACTRIS consortium of the Research Performing organizations (RPOs) Aarhus University and University of Copenhagen.  The RPOs contribute to ACTRIS national Facilities with observational and exploratory platforms which focus on the studies of aerosol formation, growth and processes. Aarhus University is running all monitoring networks in Denmark and in Greenland including particle size distribution measurements. ACTRIS-DK is not on the national research infrastructure roadmap, but initiatives are taken to have it on the road map in future.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council:

Contact:

Person: Henrik Skov, Aarhus University

E-mail: hsk@envs.au.dk

The consortium ACTRIS-D consists of 13 RPOs which have signed Letters of Commitment regarding the long-term operation of ACTRIS infrastructure provided that ACTRIS-D is selected for the National Roadmap for Research Infrastructures. Nine RPOs have signed Letters of Intent to support the ESFRI Roadmap process.

The application for the National Roadmap for Research Infrastructures is under evaluation. The ACTRIS-D application received a very good scientific assessment. Economic and political assessment is pending (expected publication of the National Roadmap in spring 2018).

www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de/en/infrastructures/leibniz-roadmap-for-research-infrastructures/actris/
www.tropos.de/en/research/projects-infrastructures-technology/coordinated-observations-and-networks/actris/

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Observer

Contacts:

Person: Dr. Ulla Wandinger

E-mail: ulla@tropos.de

ACTRIS Sweden is formally established (Memorandum of Understanding), involving Lund University, Stockholm University, Gothenburg University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, and Uppsala University. Since we are co-locating with ICOS at several sites in Sweden, we aim to integrate extensively with the ICOS Sweden management structure. The links between ICOS Sweden and ACTRIS Sweden remain to be formalized. A major change in organization will be the establishment of a separate ACTRIS Sweden Coordination Office, assuming responsibilities and duties for all ACTRIS-related activities at the selected sites. This office may be co-located with the ICOS Sweden Coordination Office at Lund University. The ACTRIS Sweden Coordination Office will be led by a Director assisted by a Science Officer or similar, both experienced in ACTRIS activities. The current ICOS Board may be modified or enlarged to ensure that competences within all the research fields that are addressed by ACTRIS are also well represented. The Board is responsible for the economy and the overall and long-term strategy of ICOS-ACTRIS Sweden. ACTRIS Sweden is on the Swedish national roadmap for research infrastructures. Following the previous comprehensive inventory of Swedish national research infrastructure needs during 2015-2016, the Swedish Research Council (VR) ranks ACTRIS Sweden as belonging to group A2, the second highest infrastructure priority group. One requirement from VR before upgrading ACTRIS to the highest A1 priority group (with permission to apply for research infrastructure funding) involves close collaboration between ACTRIS and ICOS.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council:

Contact:

Person: Erik Swietlicki, Lund University

E-mail: erik.swietlicki@nuclear.lu.se

National website:

www.actris.se

ACTRIS-EE is the Estonian component of the distributed research infrastructure ACTRIS. Currently 3 Research Performing Organizations participate in the ACTRIS-EE national consortium:  the Estonian University of Life Sciences, the University of Tartu, the Estonian Environmental Research Centre, and Tartu Observatory. Formally, the Estonian University of Life Sciences, the University of Tartu, and the Estonian Environmental Research Centre are associated partners of ACTRIS. The RPOs manage the research sites providing in-situ and remotely-sensed observations on aerosol, trace gases, dynamics and thermodynamic, and experimental platforms for investigating atmospheric air quality. ACTRIS-EE comprehends different building blocks including national observation services, multi-parameter instrument sites, experimental simulation platforms, and calibration centres for aerosol instrumentation. There is not yet a statement from official Estonian stakeholders on ACTRIS participation. Lobby work is conducted.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council:

Contact:

Person: Steffen M. Noe, Estonian University of Life Science

E-mail: steffen.noe@emu.ee

 

The national ACTRIS consortium consists of seven partners, five Universities, the Austrian weather service, ZAMG and the private company LuftBlick. The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research supports ACTRIS-AUSTRIA. There are regular physical meetings and limited national funding for our networking activities.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council: Member

Contact:

Person: Jochen Wagner, Division for Biomedical Physics, Medical University, Innsbruck

Email: jochen.wagner@i-med.ac.at

Since 2009, the University of Evora through ICT (former CGE-Geophysics Centre of Evora) is the only Portuguese associated partner of the ACTRIS projects (ACTRIS, ACTRIS2, ACTRIS-PPP) Only in 2015, the Portuguese research institutions started to organize them self as a consortium and nowadays the Portuguese ACTRIS community is discussing with the decision makers about the setup of the consortium; there is not yet any MoU nor official consortium document established. ACTRIS is not inserted yet in the national Roadmap. The Portuguese Science Foundation is partially supporting national ACTRIS activities of the associated partner. A meeting with the Portuguese funding authorities to solicit support for ACTRIS is soon envisaged.

Membership Status in the Interim ACTRIS Council:

Contact:

Person: Daniele Bortoli, Institute of Earth Sciences – University of Evora

E-mail: db@uevora.pt

ACTRIS stakeholders

ACTRIS users originate from academia, public and private-non-profit research organisations, business, industry and public services, other non-profit organisations and citizen, from ACTRIS member countries as well as from countries which are not ACTRIS members, inside and outside Europe.

ACTRIS targets

  • various user communities world-wide, comprising researchers from atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences and other neighbouring fields (hydro-marine, bio-ecosystem, geosciences, space physics, energy, health, and food domain);
  • operational and climate services, National weather services, space agencies, national and regional air quality monitoring networks, environmental protection agencies;
  • instrument manufacturers and sensor industries;
  • policy makers and local, regional, and national authorities.