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Current air pollution problems in Denmark include ultrafine particles in our cities, and nitrogen fallout in parts of our countryside and marine areas. On a worldwide level, the most serious problem is the emission of CO2 (carbon dioxide) and other greenhouse gases that can contribute to global warming.

On these pages you can find results of air pollution monitoring, inventories of Danish emisssion to the air, information on air pollution models and much more.

Aarhus University’s contribution

We measure air pollution in Denmark and Greenland. We work with mathematical models that can describe how air pollutants are transported, converted and deposited. These models go into a level of detail that ranges from local pollution in a street to nationwide and global air pollution. We manage national Danish data reporting in accordance with international conventions such as the Climate Convention and the Geneva Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, as well as the European Union.

Over a period of many years, we have developed special expertise in combining measurements and model calculations to describe and assess air pollution and its impact on humans and nature.

Who works with air pollution?

Research regarding air pollution and emissions is carried out in the following sections:

Consultancy services for the Danish Ministry of the Environment

DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy provides consultancy services for the public sector and other bodies regarding air pollution and emissions in the areas of:

  • Air quality
  • Atmospheric N and C
  • Particulate air pollution and health
  • Climate and air pollution
  • Emissions into the air/human and environmental exposure to these emissions

Other areas of consultancy

DCE offers services and consultancy to other public and private sector customers in all its areas of expertise. All consultancy services are based on internationally acknowledged research.

We can supply data, model tools for calculating air pollution, and expertise for assessing the extent of different problems in order to solve them most efficiently.

You can find more information about DCE’s consultancy services here.

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Revised 2014.04.14

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ENVS - Department of Environmental Science
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Phone: (+45) 8715 5000

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About the Department of Environmental Science

The department was establihed June 2011 by a merger of three research departments at the former National Environmental Research Institute (NERI). 
The role of NERI has been transferred to the Department of Environmental Science and other institutes at Aarhus University, in cooperation with DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy


DCE is Aarhus University’s central unit for knowledge exchange within the areas of nature, environment, climate and energy. DCE eplaces the former National Environmental Research Institute (NERI).

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