The Reacting Atmosphere

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The research network "The Reacting Atmosphere"

Atmospheric scientists, mathematicians and scientists of the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics at the University of Wuppertal have decided together with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, the atmospheric research divisions of the Institute for Energy and Climate Research of the Research Centre Jülich and the Rhenish Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Cologne, to establish a research network under the title "The Reacting Atmosphere - Understanding and Management for Future Generations".

In doing so the participating academic institutions will exploit synergies through joint research activities and make an important contribution to international research efforts directed at understanding climate change.

The objective of the proposed network is to understand the highly complex regulatory cycles in the atmosphere taking into account all important parameters, to identify important atmospheric processes, to examine policies with respect to their consequences and, based on this to derive recommendations on how in a changing world targeted suggestions for improvement can be realised. To achieve this, the outstanding competences of the network partners with respect to atmospheric research are combined with research know-how in the analysis of technical, political and socio-economic processes and their implementation through appropriate policy instruments.

The research on this highly complex subject will be focused in two pilot regions, namely, the Ruhr area, which has an exemplary history of over 50 years of air quality research and control policies (keyword: Innovation City), and on Asian Megacities, whose emissions are transported by the Asian monsoon into the stratosphere and will thus have a direct impact on the climate.