Atmospheric Processes and Air Quality

Atmospheric Processes and Air Quality


The focus of this thematic area is on atmospheric composition and processes and their effects on climate and air quality through laboratory, field and modelling studies. The research work covers both fundamental and applied aspects of atmospheric chemistry. The more applied aspects of this work inform national and International policy in the areas of air quality, environment and health and climate change



Researchers with expertise in the areas of atmospheric chemistry and physics, spectroscopy and analytical chemistry are involved in a range of integrated research programmes covering laboratory, field and modelling studies. A wide range of specialist instruments and facilities have been developed to provide the researchers with unique capabilities in atmospheric science research. Custom-built reactors exist for studying processes such as smog formation, particle generation, plankton emissions and atmospheric ice chemistry. The group is also equipped with state-of-the-art tools for analysis of the chemical, physical and biological properties of atmospheric aerosols, including the only instrument in Ireland for remote sensing of aerosols by Raman light detection and ranging (LIDAR). The principal investigators are well established in the world-wide atmospheric science research community and have published over 150 papers in the field. Numerous international collaborations exist with partners, not only in Europe, through EC funded projects and networks, but also in Japan, Canada and the USA.



Dr John Wenger (Lead PI), Dr Dara Fitzpatrick, Dr Robert Healy, Dr Andy Ruth, Professor John Sodeau, Dr Dean Venables.

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork