Monitoring atmospheric composition and climate, research in support of the Copernicus/GMES atmospheric service (ACP/AMT/ESSD/GMD inter-journal SI)(ACP/AMT/ESSD/GMD inter-journal SI)
Monitoring atmospheric composition and climate, research in support of the Copernicus/GMES atmospheric service (ACP/AMT/ESSD/GMD inter-journal SI)(ACP/AMT/ESSD/GMD inter-journal SI)
Editor(s): V.-H. Peuch, R. Engelen, A. Simmons, W. Lahoz, P. Laj, and and S. Galmarini Special issue jointly organized between Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, Earth System Science Data, and Geoscientific Model Development
With the acute societal concerns about air quality, climate change and their effects on health and ecosystems, there is an increasing need for comprehensive, reliable and fast information services on the atmospheric environment. This is also of importance for a range of policy-relevant applications at different scales, from international treaty verification to urban planning for instance. Succeeding GEMS (Global and regional Earth-system Monitoring using Space and in-situ data) and MACC (Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate), MACC-II* (MACC-Interim Implementation) is the third in a series of projects funded since 2005 through the European Union's Seventh Framework programme to build up the atmospheric service component of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) /Copernicus European programme. MACC-II combines the expertise of its 36 partner institutes from 13 European countries to bridge the gap between the meteorological and environmental communities engaged in research and operational service provision. Using the extensive experience of both communities, MACC-II provides information on atmospheric composition using satellite observations, ground-based observations, and state-of-the-art numerical models ( MACC-II not only monitors atmospheric composition over time but also provides forecasts of air quality, dust storms, fire emissions and solar/UV radiation for a few days ahead both globally and in more detail for Europe. Furthermore, MACC-II supports studies of pollution events and possible responses to mitigate their effects, annual assessments of air quality, and the monitoring of greenhouse gases and their sources and sinks at the Earth's surface. This special issue focuses on the world-class research aspects that underpin the continuous development, evaluation and delivery of the GMES/Copernicus services for atmospheric composition.

*The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 THEME [SPA.2011.1.5-02]) under grant agreement no. 283576.

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30 Nov 2015
LSA SAF Meteosat FRP products – Part 1: Algorithms, product contents, and analysis
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 13217–13239,,, 2015
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30 Nov 2015
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 13241–13267,,, 2015
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12 Aug 2015
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23 Jul 2015
MACC regional multi-model ensemble simulations of birch pollen dispersion in Europe
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 8115–8130,,, 2015
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08 Sep 2015
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03 Nov 2015
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 12179–12191,,, 2015
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18 Dec 2015
Evaluation of the MACC operational forecast system – potential and challenges of global near-real-time modelling with respect to reactive gases in the troposphere
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 14005–14030,,, 2015
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13 May 2015
Data assimilation of satellite-retrieved ozone, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide with ECMWF's Composition-IFS
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 5275–5303,,, 2015
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30 Jul 2015
Evaluation of near-surface ozone over Europe from the MACC reanalysis
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Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 2299–2314,,, 2015
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04 Nov 2015
Validation of reactive gases and aerosols in the MACC global analysis and forecast system
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Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 3523–3543,,, 2015
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28 Jul 2015
On the ability of a global atmospheric inversion to constrain variations of CO2 fluxes over Amazonia
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30 Jul 2015
Using SEVIRI fire observations to drive smoke plumes in the CMAQ air quality model: a case study over Antalya in 2008
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31 Mar 2015
Description of algorithms for co-locating and comparing gridded model data with remote-sensing observations
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07 Apr 2015
Tropospheric chemistry in the Integrated Forecasting System of ECMWF
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Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 975–1003,,, 2015
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20 Nov 2015
Feedbacks of dust and boundary layer meteorology during a dust storm in the eastern Mediterranean
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 12909–12933,,, 2015
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16 Apr 2015
The MACC-II 2007–2008 reanalysis: atmospheric dust evaluation and characterization over northern Africa and the Middle East
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10 Nov 2015
A multi-year study of lower tropospheric aerosol variability and systematic relationships from four North American regions
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 12487–12517,,, 2015
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16 Oct 2014
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03 Feb 2015
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06 Feb 2015
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25 Nov 2014
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04 Dec 2014
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03 Mar 2015
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09 Jan 2015
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09 Sep 2014
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15 Aug 2014
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17 Oct 2014
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23 Jun 2014
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23 May 2014
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09 Sep 2014
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25 Jun 2014
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13 May 2014
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10 Jul 2014
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08 Jan 2014
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21 Jan 2014
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11 Jul 2013
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