The application to establish ACTRIS ERIC has been submitted to the European Commission

On 30th September 2021, the application to establish the ACTRIS ERIC consortium was submitted by Finland, as the designated host country of the statutory seat of the future ACTRIS ERIC, to the European Commission. The mission of ACTRIS ERIC is to operate the ACTRIS (Aerosol, Clouds and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure) European research infrastructure. The European Commission will now review the draft statutes of ACTRIS ERIC and establish the ACTRIS ERIC consortium within a timeframe of six calendar months. ACTRIS ERIC shall allow its Members for operating the national nodes of the ACTRIS European research infrastructure on a common basis and present them to their user communities as an integrated international organisation. Czechia has joined the application to establish ACTRIS ERIC as one of the 13 founding Members, jointly with Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Romania and Switzerland.

ACTRIS-CZ: A 250 m high atmospheric mast in Košetice

European network of environmental monitoring stations

The core mission of the ACTRIS European research infrastructure is coordination of the network of the environmental monitoring stations and offering open access to scientists from all over the world. The Czech Republic is represented in the ACTRIS network by the ACTRIS-CZ large research infrastructure and the NAO Košetice facility (National Atmospheric Observatory Košetice). The essential activities of ACTRIS cover, in particular, observations of atmospheric aerosols, clouds and reactive gases, and study of their interactions. The uniqueness of ACTRIS lies in the harmonised monitoring, the results of which enable cutting-edge research, covering topics such as climate change, air quality and/or the long-range transport of pollutants. ACTRIS provides users with accurate data, services and procedures on the 4D variability of clouds, the short-term atmospheric constituents and the physical, optical and chemical properties of aerosols. The scientific data generated by ACTRIS and technological procedures of ACTRIS to handle the data improve the capability to analyse, understand and predict evolution of atmospheric environment in Europe. ACTRIS is utilised by a broad range of user communities, which are involved in observations, experiments, models, satellite data, analysis and forecast systems. ACTRIS offers access to state-of-the-art technology platforms for research on atmospheric processes in the fields of climate change and air quality. ACTRIS has been included in the Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures as of 2016 and its Czech national node ACTRIS-CZ is included in the Roadmap of Large Research Infrastructures of the Czech Republic.

ACTRIS-CZ: A 250 m high atmospheric mast in Košetice

ACTRIS-CZ: Czech contribution to the ACTRIS European research infrastructure

The Czech Republic belongs among the first five countries, where the project of the ACTRIS European research infrastructure received national support. The Czech national node of ACTRIS is the ACTRIS-CZ large research infrastructure. The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, coordinating all the ACTRIS-CZ facilities, closely cooperates in this mission with the Institute of Chemical Processes Fundamentals of the Czech Academy of Sciences; Masaryk University via the RECETOX large research infrastructure; and the Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. ACTRIS-CZ is a unique platform to monitor and study the air quality at the background level, covering the health, climate and environmental impacts of changes in the atmospheric composition. It focuses on the formation of the atmospheric aerosols jointly with their potential impacts on climate and air quality. The data from the National Atmospheric Observatory Košetice represent unique comprehensive datasets that serve the international scientific community as a Central European sample for the atmospheric research. ACTRIS-CZ offers its users access to the instrumentation of the National Atmospheric Observatory Košetice and also provides the results of measurements and other services upon request. ACTRIS-CZ is gathering skilled technical staff specialised in the air quality monitoring and scientists with expertise in validation, assessment and multidisciplinary interpretation of related data.

ACTRIS-CZ: National Atmospheric Observatory Košetice