Climatologists study air quality in Wrocław

On Monday, 21 November 2022, an air quality measurement campaign has started. The campaign is realised at the Department of Earth Sciences and Environmental Management at the University of Wrocław and implemented as part of the university’s PM Cost project (https://pmcost.meteo.uni.wroc.pl/) and the ACTRIS PL project (https://www.meteo.uni.wroc.pl/actris-pl/).

The aim of the campaign is to gather data regarding the air quality in a selected area of Wrocław (Sępolno district) using an array of the latest measurement techniques, as well as the exchange of information regarding the optimal methodology of the data’s usage.

Further on, the gathered data will be used to analyse the determinants of air quality during the campaign and for methodological work and analyses regarding the modelling of air quality on a local scale.

The following scientific teams take part in the campaign:

  • Department of Earth Sciences and Environmental Management and the Department of Experimental Petrology at the University of Wrocław: meteorological background measurements, stationary measurements of PM concentrations, chemical composition analyses of particulate pollutants, mobile measurements of PM concentrations, air quality modelling,
  • UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology: aerosol chemical composition, identification of air pollution sources,
  • Institute of Geophysics at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw: remote sensing measurements of the vertical structure of the atmosphere (lidar measurements),
  • University Laboratories for Atmosphere Control at the University of Silesia in Katowice: in situ measurements of the vertical structure of the atmosphere (balloon measurements),
  • Institute of Environmental Protection at the National Research Institute: stationary and mobile measurements of PM concentrations,
  • Institute of Geophysics at the Polish Academy of Sciences: stationary measurements of PM concentrations.

Second-year and third-year students of Geography studies at the Institute of Geography and Regional Development at the University of Wrocław also take part in the campaign.

The campaign was inaugurated with a lecture by dr Chiara di Marco of the CEH, entitled ‘Particular matter chemical speciation: measurement techniques and model evaluation’, during which the first results of measurements made as part of this campaign were mentioned.

Since the CEH team has been visiting the Department of Earth Sciences and Environmental Management at the University of Wrocław for a week now, they have managed to obtain the first information about the composition of the air in Wrocław’s Biskupin and Sępolno districts. Despite the low PM concentrations, it was found that, in addition to soot resulting from the burning of coal, there are also chlorine compounds in the air composition, indicating the burning of plastics – i.e. waste.

Translated by Kacper Grzęda (student of English Studies at the University of Wrocław) as part of the translation practice.

The project “Integrated Program for the Development of the University of Wrocław 2018-2022” co-financed by the European Union from the European Social Fund

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