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International networks and projects

Please note! This page is not being updated! 

It has proven difficult to maintain an up-to-date overview of networks.
This page is maintained for historical reasons to ensure access to information about previous networks.

Aarhus University - and the former National Environmental Research Institute, which has now been integrated within Aarhus University - has participated in many international collaboration networks within the field of air pollution, and it hosts websites for several such networks.

Below, some of these networks are presented.

Networks with current activities

Initiative on Harmonisation 

Initiative on Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes. AU has a very active role in this European initiative, and maintains the home page of the initiative. The home page provides links to numerous information items and to model evaluation tools.

Networks where work has been completed

Assessment of the effectiveness of European air quality policies and measures

In cooperation with two other institutions (Milieu in Belgium and Center for Clean Air Policy in the USA ), the former NERI (now DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, University of Aarhus) has conducted a contract study for the EU Commission. The study is one of the activities to prepare the new EU Thematic Strategy on air pollution. AU hosts a set of web pages where the results are available in form of reports and a data base.


"CAPMAN: Coastal Air Pollution Meteorology and Air-Sea Nutrient Exchange". CAPMAN is a completed research project within the framework of EUR0TRAC-2. Gary Geernaert of NERI was project coordinator.

COST Actions

COST action 633

"Particulate Matter: Properties Related to Health Effects"

COST is a common European framework for cooperation in research. In this COST action, scientists from various fields (atmospheric particles, epidemiology, toxicology and modelling) are brought together in an expert group. NERI hosts the web site of the action.

COST action 732
"Quality Assurance and Improvement of Micro-Scale Meteorological Models". Within the framework of COST 732, an exercise has been conducted where several groups have used the MUST data set for model validation. AU hosts a set of web pages with results and tools related to the exercise.

COST actions  710 and  715  
AU hosts information of relevance for these two COST actions, which were both concerned with processing of meteorological data for dispersion models. Both actions have ended, and results are available. COST action 710 has the title "Harmonisation within the pre-processing of meteorological data for dispersion models". COST action 715 is entitled "Urban Meteorology".


Danish Society for Atmospheric Research (DSAR) is a (now dormant) Danish forum for scientists to meet and exchange information. For a number of years, there was an annual meeting in October/November. However, there have been no meetings since 2002.


"Studying Environmental Problems in Europe by Using Air Pollution Models". This was an EU-ESPRIT project that started in 1997, but is now completed. It made use of the Danish Eulerian Model for studying air pollution levels over large areas and extended periods of time. Various scenarios with emphasis on Francewere studied.


"GLObal and REgional Atmospheric Modelling". AU hosts the GLOREAM web page. GLOREAM was a subproject under EUROTRAC-II. Although the EUROTRAC activity has now ceased, there is still a certain activity, now in cooperation with EURASAP.


"Coupling of CORINAIR data to cost-effective emission reduction strategies based on critical thresholds" (completed year 2000).  This project was supported by the EU Commission and had participants from Finland(project coordinator), Sweden, Spain and Denmark.


"Validated models describing Nordic urban and regional concentrations of particles and organic/ elemental carbon". The objective of NORPAC is to increase and coordinate Nordic research on measurements and modelling of ultrafine particle and particle mass. NORPAC is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. 10 research groups from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden participate in the project. The Danish AU leads the project and hosts its web site.


"Sensibility Analysis of Regional-scale Atmospheric models". This was a project funded by Nordic Council of Ministers with participants from Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.


"Optimisation of Modelling Methods for Traffic Pollution in Streets". TRAPOS was a research network in the framework of the European Commission "Training and Mobility of Researchers" Programme. The project has ended, but NERI maintains the Web site of TRAPOS.


"Innovative WEather Presentation on TELevision". This was an EU ESPRIT project that ended in 1999. NERI participated with air pollution forecasts.