The main objectives of ESAC II are the following: (1) Extend and improve the important existing Belgian contribution in atmospheric research started in the 50s, recognized internationally. (2) Investigate the chemistry of the atmosphere, to detect and understand its evolution, mainly with experimental means. Special attention will be paid to the evolution of the ozone layer and chemical species and processes with an impact on climate changes. (3) Support the Belgian policies and decisions regarding the Amendments to: - the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer; - the Kyoto Protocol on Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions.
http://www.oma.be/ESACII/Home.html --> Methodology: (1) Regular monitoring activities (permanent measurements): Long-term surveillance of the atmosphere and related data analysis, validation and interpretation. (2) Campaign observations (3) Extension of observation and data analysis capabilities (4) High-accuracy laboratory spectroscopic measurements in support of atmospheric observations (5) Integration of experimental data with numerical models (6) Valorisation of results
- Koninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut van België (KMI-IRM): Dr. H. De Backer - Laboratoire de Chimie Physique Moléculaire (LCPM) - Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) : Prof. R. Colin - Institut de Géophysique et d'Astrophysique (IAGL) - Université de Liège (ULg): Dr. E. Mahieu
(1) Links with the NDSC/WMO: Network for the Detection of Stratospheric Change/World Meteorological Organisation.