The Head of APCG Dr Evangelos Gerasopoulos, talked about how the Covid19 pandemic sets the need for a new Sustainable Development model.

covid raptis1APCG studies NO2 levels above Greece prior and during the Covid19 pandemic, retrieving Sentinel5P data. Interesting findings, consistent to previous reports, are published in Κόsμος.


Our 1st  press release on air pollution levels in Athens during the COVID-19 pandemic gained the attraction of several ...

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COVID-19: 3 weeks of "stay at home" and the effects on the levels of air pollution in Athens (APCG press release, 14 April, 2020)


An interesting video on climate change and its effects on the environment and health has been created by VICE e-mag.


Members from the APCG group served as authors for a newly published article in Atmospheric research. This is the first time, to our knowledge, that long-term size distribution measurements are analyzed for new particle formation events, in a comparative way, between an urban and a regional background site in this region.


APCG members officially announce their new EO platform to monitor SDG indicator 11.6.2 in Europe.



APCG members will participate in the 2019 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 9-13 Dec., with the following presentations:

1) E. Gerasopoulos, E. Athanasopoulou, M. Ramacher, O. Speyer, M. Karl, I. Stavroulas, G. Grivas, J. Bailey, A. KakouriCity scale air pollution modelling and high resolution exposure mapping of an urban hotspot in the Eastern Mediterranean.

2) Bailey J., Speyer O., Athanasopoulou E. and Gerasopoulos E., Insights and Policy Implications from a Harmonized Earth Observation Approach to Urban Air Quality.

3) Kosmopoulos, P.G., Kazadzis, S., Kontoes, C., Blanc, P., El-Askary, H., El-Khayat, M.M., and Zografos, D., Addressing SDG7 through the nextSENSE showcase.

4) Raptis Ioannis-Panagiotis, Kazadzis Stelios, Gaia Pinardi, Evaluation of TROPOMI NO2 Retrievals Using PANDORA Measurements in Athens.


The current, highlighted research and project activity of APCG to combat climate change implications, is now hosted at the ECOTEC magazine. ...

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APCG participates in the campaign #17days17goalsgr, in the frame of Researchers night 2019. ...

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APCG meets on a monthly basis, to discuss on state-of-the-art research issues of interest to its members. Today, another fruitful meeting was held at IERSD premises, where Dr. Stelios Myriokefalitakis introduced the importance of multiphase processes on the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in the atmosphere and on atmospheric nutrient cycles. Also, his modeling results on the impacts of bioaerosols on the global scale set the basis for a long discussion on the health aspects of atmospheric pollution, as well as on the bridging spatial model scales.


APCG members have participated in the European Aerosol Conference – EAC 2019, 25-30 August 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden, with the following presentations:

1) Iasonas Stavroulas, Eleni Liakakou, Georgios Grivas, Nikolaos Mihalopoulos and Evangelos Gerasopoulos, Characterization of atmospheric pollution at the major Greek port city of Piraeus.

2) Despina Paraskevopoulou, Aikaterini Bougiatioti, Iasonas Stavroulas, Maria Tsagkaraki, Athanasios Nenes and Nikolaos Mihalopoulos, Wintertime oxidative potential and optical properties of brown carbon in atmospheric aerosol.

3) Aikaterini Bougiatioti, Iasonas Stavroulas, Despina Paraskevopoulou, Georgios Grivas, Eleni Liakakou, Evangelos Gerasopoulos and Nikolaos Mihalopoulos, Fat Thursday (Tsiknopempti) as an important source of Organic Aerosol in the urban environment of Athens.



(image source: Greek Fire Service) APCG members are working on the online monitoring of the major active fire event in Evia. The fire plume has affected...


Two APCG members served as authors for a recently published article in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, which shows the potential health and equity co-benefits related to policies reducing particulate matter (PM) pollution from residential wood burning in Athens, Greece.


Members of the APCG research team have won and participate in the newly funded program ‘Support of new researchers – B cycle’ of the Ministry of Finance and Development. State-of-the-art research will be performed, dedicated to the study of atmospheric chemistry over the urban center of Athens using in situ, remote sensing and modeling EO platforms.

Δέκα μέλη του ερευνητικού δυναμικού της ομάδας APCG επιβραβεύθηκαν και θα συμμετέχουν σε 3 ερευνητικά προγράμματα που θα χρηματοδοτηθούν στο πλαίσιο της Πράξης:  «Υποστήριξη ερευνητών με έμφαση στους νέους ερευνητές – κύκλος Β’» (δημοσίευση εδώ). Θα πραγματοποιηθεί εκτενής έρευνα στο ευρύ αντικείμενο αιχμής της ατμοσφαιρικής χημείας στην περιοχή του λεκανοπεδίου της Αττικής, χρησιμοποιώντας εξειδικευμένες μετρήσεις τόσο από επιτόπιες παρατηρήσεις, όσο και με τις μεθόδους τηλεπισκόπησης και αριθμητικών προσομοιώσεων.

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APCG members have participated in the 23rd 23rd International Transport and Air Pollution (TAP) Conference
2020-2030: Transport in critical transition, with the following presentation: 

Papadakis, D. Stouraitis, A. Bartzas, E. Gerasopoulos, G. Grivas, E. Athanasopoulou, I. Stavroulas, P. Syropoulou, A. Agrafiotis, I. Christakis, T. Migos, I. Stavrakas and K. Ioannidis, EMISSION: Environmental monitoring integrated system using an IoT network


Smurbs 1st thematic video is out! SMURBS project sets the stage for integration of the still fragmented Earth Observation, into information and decision making tools for individuals and local governments, in a network of smart cities. SMURBScoordination group and theme leaders explain and present their approachto enhance environmental and societal resilience to urban pollution, natural and manmade disasters as well as uncontrolled city growth, from each theme point of view, respectively.The overall goals of the project as well as first achievements in terms of networking and collection of user needs is also included. You may watch our video and find out everything about SMURBS project!

Click here to see SMURBS LOGO video.


SMURBS project is now hosted on the SciTech Europa Quarterly Magazine, June’s edition! 

You may navigate through its interesting articles by clicking here, or you may select SMURBS' tribute, pages 108-109 here.

To access the full version of the article, please visit: www.scitecheuropa.eu/profile-smurbs-project/87128/

Article originally published on: www.scitecheuropa.eu/profile-smurbs-project/87128/

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An analytic report on HuffPost Greece, describing the current air pollution stresses in Greece and their impacts on public health and the cultural heritage of the country.

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According to UNs “World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision” in today’s increasingly global and interconnected world, over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, while the coming decades will bring further profound changes to the size and spatial distribution of the global population, also due to increasing migration processes. The continuing urbanization is projected to add 2.5 billion of urban population by 2050, and the world population living in cities to increase to 66%. Under these circumstances, sustainable development challenges will increasingly concentrate in cities.