Italy, ENEA Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)
ENEA is a public agency targeted to research, innovation technology and services in the fields of energy, environment and new technologies to support Country's competitiveness and sustainable development.
The Air Quality Laboratory of the Technical Unit for Environmental Assessment Models, Methods and Technologies the is composed by 20 scientists who gather a multidisciplinary approach in research, promotion and technology transfer for the understandings of atmospheric processes and air quality including climate system, to support stakeholders at national and international level.
Main activities are:
Research on atmospheric processes, meteorology, numerical modeling on atmospheric pollution for current and future scenario analysis.
Since 2002, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of the Environment Land and Sea, development and validation of the “National Integrated Modeling system for International Negotiation on atmospheric pollution (MINNI)” project. Model assessment includes performance and diagnostic evaluation, probabilistic appraisal and comparison with fields observations. The MINNI system is able to estimate the effectiveness of reduction of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter emissions. The system is also used to study the effect of the reduction of volatile organic compounds and NOx on ozone concentrations to reduce the ozone effects on vegetation and human health. The outputs are used to deal with the International Negotiation for emissions reduction and accomplishment of concentration thresholds according to the Kyoto protocol and international legislation.
Analysis of environmental risks due to air pollution for mitigation strategies and policies on long-term environmental sustainability.
Evaluation of air quality effects on human health, vegetation, and cultural heritage; air quality trend assessments are addressed as well as cost-benefit analysis.
Geodatabases analysis and management using GIS.
Contact : ZANINI, Gabriele