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 receives the Copernicus Medal 2022
The annual Copernicus Medal has been awarded to Athanasios Nenes, professor at ENAC School, in recognition of his “transformative contributions and fundamental advances” in a variety of fields including aerosol science, air quality and climate.
New research program will study fjord ecosystems in Greenland
In a four-year field research program led by EPFL, in association with several other Swiss institutions, scientists will aim to understand the ecosystem of Greenlandic fjords in the context of a changing climate. They plan to investigate how accelerated glacier discharge and soil erosion impact the fjords nutrient cycle, marine resources and cloud formation, and how local livelihoods are affected.
Studying clouds can provide deeper insight into climate change
An international team of scientists conducted CALISHTO, a large-scale air measurement campaign in Greece last fall, with the goal of surveying, counting and characterizing the tiny particles and their impact on cloud formation. The goal is to incorporate this information in climate models for improved predictions of clouds, precipitation and climate.