Nature and Origin of Black Carbon in Ireland

Nature and Origin of Black Carbon in Ireland

Project Title:              Nature and Origin of Black Carbon in Ireland

Researchers:              CRAC/ ERI/ UCC

Funding Body:            Irish Research Council (IRC)

Period:                        48 months; October 2015 – October 2019

Project Description:

Black Carbon (BC) is an important pollutant in the atmosphere and is produced by combustion processes such as burning solid fuel in homes or burning petrol and diesel in cars. It has major impacts in terms of climate and human health. The aim of this project is to identify the main sources of BC in Ireland and to investigate how the source of the particle influences its nature.

Comprehensive field measurements will be carried out at various urban sites around Ireland, in addition to a year-long measurement campaign in Dublin, using a state of the art Aethalometer instrument. These studies will provide information on the different sources across the country and also on how different sources vary on daily and seasonal timescales.

The 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