An AIRUSE partners meeting took place on Friday July the 12th, 2013, following the event Urban Air Quality: The Challenge of Non-Exhaust Emissions from Traffic.
-Angeliki Karanasiou from IDAEA-CSIC revised the project’s activities and methodological criteria for the sampling campaigns were discussed and approved.
-Franco Lucarelli, suggested to study more in detail the Saharan dust intrusions during the long term campaigns. For this reason samples will be collected every day when models forecast the arrival of air masses from the Saharan region. Lila Diapouli from beneficiary NCSRD has offered to notify all partners by email when an African dust intrusion is predicted.
-Celia Alves suggested determining a typical African dust tracer, the carbonate ion. This will lead to the better characterization and calculation of the impact of the natural sources.
-The project manager Xavier Querol kindly asked from Celia Alves to test the emissions of two new biofuels namely almond shells and olive pits since the City Hall of Madrid is very interested in these biofuels.
-Cristina Vasconcelos revised the rules for project management and financial reporting and a calendar for 3 month updating periods was agreed on.
The meeting closed with Angeliki Karanasiou thanking all partners that participated and suggested to have one short meeting in Praga on September 2013 during the European Aerosol Conference.