BCIRE – Nature and Origin of Black Carbon in Ireland

BCIRE – Nature and Origin of Black Carbon in Ireland

Researcher: Paul Buckley

Email: paulbuckley@umail.ucc.ie

Telephone number: 353 21 490-1963

Funding Body: Irish Research Council (IRC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Project type: PhD

Period: Oct 2015 – Sep 2019


Project description:

Black Carbon (BC) is a term used to describe soot particles produced from the burning of fossil fuels, wood and other biomass material. BC influences climate directly by absorbing solar radiation and then radiating energy to warm the atmosphere. Indeed, BC is now recognised as the second most important human-derived contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide. Because the particles only remain in the atmosphere for a few days, BC emission controls represent the most likely means by which to mitigate climate change quickly and effectively. The reduction of BC emissions will also lower levels of fine particulate pollution in the atmosphere, thus providing a co-benefit for air quality. The aim of this project is to perform a comprehensive study of the nature and origin of BC particles in Ireland. This project will be the first comprehensive study of BC in Ireland and will provide policy makers with the relevant scientific information to support development of effective strategies for reducing BC emissions.

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork