Laboratory for Air Pollution / Environmental Technology

Our vision is the reduction of anthropogenic air pollutants relevant to climate change, human health, ecosystems and materials.

In support of this vision, our goal is to understand the emissions, the transport and the fate of man-made air pollutants and greenhouse gases to provide the scientific basis for assessing their sources and reducing their impact. Our research is based on excellence in measurement techniques and atmospheric modeling, addressing compounds relevant to air quality, climate change, and their interaction.

To achieve our goal, we pursue the following strategy:

(i)    we develop new analytical tools with the best overall performance to observe greenhouse gases and air pollutants at various spatial and temporal scales;

(ii)   we exploit and expand state-of-the-art model systems to understand the major processes relevant for current and future air quality objectives;

(iii)  we combine ground-based observations and remote sensing with model calculations for the identification and quantification of the sources of air pollutants and greenhouse gases in order to verify reduction measures and inventories and to detect new compounds at the earliest possible time.

(iv)  we share our knowledge with the scientific community, political decision makers, and commercial stakeholders. We also acknowledge the global dimension of air quality by supporting international collaboration, capacity building and knowledge transfer.

Our research provides the scientific basis to initiate and evaluate technical solutions supporting the reduction of anthropogenic emissions and guiding decision makers in the field of environmental politics. We have long-term competence in field measurements of ambient air constituents and we are at the forefront of instrument developments for reactive- and greenhouse gases, including their stable isotopes, in ambient air. In addition, we employ and improve advanced dispersion, transport and receptor models to investigate both atmospheric transport and man-made emissions.