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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Professor Athanasios Nenes becomes Member of the Academia Europaea
The non-governmental association Academia Europaea elected Professor Athanasios Nenes for being “an international leader in the area of aerosol impacts on cloud formation, air quality and climate”. At EPFL, Professor Nenes heads the Laboratory of Atmospheric Processes and their Impacts since September, 2018.
Towards a more affordable analysis of air pollution
EPFL scientists have developed a new method for chemical analysis of fine particles that they plan to extend on a large scale – including in developing countries – through an Innosuisse innovation grant award and a new startup.
Planting oats to study the effects of air pollution
A team of EPFL scientists turned Bois-Chamblard park in Buchillon, on Lake Geneva, into a temporary research station for collecting experimental data. Their goal is to better understand how anthropogenic air pollution affects plant growth.