Laboratory of atmospheric processes and their impacts LAPI
Our lab studies atmospheric processes and their impacts on climate, health and ecosystems through a combination of theory, measurement and modelling. A central focus in our research program is atmospheric particulate matter (aerosols), and studies often combine observations, theory and modelling. We are involved in the development of aerosol instrumentation, and measurement techniques required to study processes and constrain parameters for models. Our group develops open-source modules routinely used in air quality and climate models, as well as tools for advanced sensitivity analysis of large codes and model reduction/data discovery through emulation and network analysis. We are also heavily involved in field measurement programs on understanding the climate and health impacts of ambient aerosol.
LAPI is very closely affiliated with the Center of Studies on Air quality and Climate Change (C-STACC) of the Institute of Chemical Engineering of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas at Patras (Greece) and the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology (US), where the LAPI director maintains affiliations and active research groups and lab facilities. LAPI also maintains a large number of active collaborations with leading groups worldwide.
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LAPI contributed to an important paper on biomass burning pollution
Research by the teams of Prof. Athanasios Nenes (LAPI, EPFL and FORTH Greece) and Spyros Pandis of the Center for Studies on Air Quality and Climate Change (C-STACC; http://cstacc.iceht.forth.gr) of the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences at the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (ICE-HT/FORTH; http://www.iceht.forth.gr) led to the discovery of a chemical mechanism that rapidly produces air pollution from biomass burning, during the night. This finding radically changes our view of pollution production from biomass combustion and may explain the paradoxically high levels of oxidized organic particles in urban areas during the winter. The results of the research, conducted under the European ERC program PyroTRACH (https://twitter.com/pyrotrach), can be found in Kodros et al. (here), published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.
“This is a time when we must listen to science”
Athanasios Nenes, an EPFL professor and one of the world’s foremost experts in aerosols, was recently made a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in recognition of his exceptional contribution to atmospheric science. An avid proponent of research and knowledge-sharing, Nenes is heavily involved in the study of atmospheric particles and their impact on health, climate and ecosystems – subjects that are more pressing than ever.
A scientist with her head in the clouds
Mária Lbadaoui-Darvas, a scientist at EPFL’s Laboratory of Atmospheric Processes and their Impacts, has been awarded a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her research involves developing a new method for observing and modeling cloud droplet formation – a study that could increase the accuracy of climate predictions.