Learning objectives of all taught courses
I. Monitoring and assessment of air pollution with state of the art instrumentation, in field studies or in the laboratory;
II. Monitoring and analysis of data concerning the biogeochemical cycles, detecting consequences of the Climate Change;
III. Analysis and interpretation of the data related to air pollution, the weather and climate;
IV. Application of models for the dispersion of the air pollutants, weather and climate forecast;
V. Monitoring and analysis of data of micro-meteorological data for urban and agriculture applications;
VI. Monitoring of the Urban Heat Island, interpreting the results through the micro-meteorology, simulations and suggestions for atmospheric quality improvement strategies for cities;
VII. Monitoring, assessment and management of indoor air quality in private and public indoor environments, as well as occupational safety and health issues;
VIII. Monitoring, assessment and management of industrial emissions;
IX. Understand and describe the consequences of Climate Change on the environment and on human health;
X. Developing critical thinking when working in the complex environmental issues;
Scientific aims of research endeavours
– The determination of atmospheric pollution levels in cities and rural environments.
– Transboundary atmospheric pollution loads and global air pollution.
– Greenhouse gases relation to global and local climatology.
– Aerosol optical and physico-chemical properties and their relation to direct and indirect climate forcing.
– Global biogeochemistry
– Remote sensing
– Indoor Air Quality: monitoring, modeling and management. Risk assessment of indoor air pollutants.
– Occupational safety and health.
– Atmospheric electricity, electric and magnetic fields in the environment
The laboratory is equipped with numerous state of the art instruments like:
– a nephelometer,
– a sun tracking photometer,
– an atmospheric pressure ionisation mass spectrometer for direct analysis of the atmosphere,
– a VG Trio GC-MS with a Turbo-matrix Thermal desorber
– a gas sampling automated GC-FID,
– a DIONEX ion chromatograph,
– 2 high volume impactors with PM10 heads,
– 2 high volume dichotomous virtual impactors,
– a 3-d directional sonic anemometer,
– a permeation device gas diluter,
– numerous low volume filter packs and denuders,
– a high precision balance and a suit of laboratory hardware and glassware.
– Instrumented 30 m flux tower at 40o 53′ 22.47″ N by 24o 51′ 00.43″ E to determine:
+ Momentum, Sensible Heat, Latent Heat, CO2, CH4 and H2O fluxes utilizing the eddy-covariance method and
+ Momentum, Sensible Heat, Latent Heat, Hg, CO2, CH4 and H2O fluxes utilizing the gradient and the variances methods.
– Cavity Ring Down Spectrometer with 10Hz sampling rate for the greenhouse gases CO2, CH4 and H2O.
– Gaseous Hg analyser with detection limit of 5ng m-3
– Particle size analyser for number concentrations for diameters from 4 nm-10,000 nm
– High Resolution magnetic sector GC- DFMS.
– High Resolution ultra high pressure liquid chromatography coupled to MS/MS UHPLC-MS/MS
– High energy, wavelength dispersive XRF for 99 elements in liquid or solid samples.
– weather stations with remote data transfer.
– a microclimatic station,
– a sound analysis spectrometer,
– a zirconium O2 analyser
– a RAMON radon monitor
– an AUTOMESS 61590 AD4 radiation dose rate meter with an alpha-beta-gamma probe
– a MicroTOPS Ozone water vapor monitor and UV photometer
– a CS110 electric field sensor
S. Rapsomanikis, Ph.D., Professor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
K. Kourtidis, Ph.D., Professor (email@example.com)
G. Loupa, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor (director of the Lab) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Laboratory of Atmospheric Pollution and of Control Engineering of Atmospheric Pollutants,
Department of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Vas. Sofias 12,
67100 Xanthi, GREECE
TEL: +30- 25410-79314