NEW RESEARCH RESULTS OF THE EUROPEAN PROJECT ERC PYROTRACH
New important scientific results from the implementation of the ERC Consolidation project, “Pyrogenic Transformations Affecting Climate and Health” (PyroTRACH) ” at FORTH /ICE-HT under the coordination of Prof. Athanasios Nenes, Affiliated Researcher at FORTH /ICE-HT, were published at the High Impact journals Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (see article here), and the Nature journal npj Climate and Atmospheric Science (see article here). The first study, which was selected as a European Geosciences Union (EGU) highlight study, showed that there is significant exposure of airborne carcinogens to the population of Athens, Greece – and the most important source of this pollution comes from wintertime domestic woodburning (fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet burners). A relevant article was published in Guardian on 17/12/2021 here. The second article shows that atmospheric bacteria, following deposition on the Mediterranean sea, can act as a fertilize and provide a significant amount of nutrients (phosphorus) necessary for the primary productivity of its ecosystem.
Also, a report on the experimental campaign which was co-organized by PyroTRACH, CALISHTO (https://calishto.panacea-ri.gr/) on Mount Helmos, was shown on the daily news program O3 of the state TV ET3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2ViuphKNlY.