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The Zerefos Lab of the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA) focuses on the continuous monitoring of the dangerous solar ultraviolet radiation, daily total ozone, and sulfur and nitrogen dioxide columns as well as of gaseous species and meteorological parameters, all of which are related to environment and health.


Figure 1: Instruments measuring atmospheric parameters on the roof of BRFAA

Measurements are performed on a daily basis at the roof of BRFAA by a spectroradiometer, two pyranometers and a meteorological station. The lab collaborates closely with the Department of the Northern Hemisphere Ozone Mapping Centre of the World Meteorological Organisation of the United Nations and has participated at the national project of GSRT entitled “National Network for the Measurement of Ultraviolet Solar Radiation” (Coordinator AUTH, 2003–2006, www.uvnet.gr).

 

The Zerefos Lab has participated in a number of national and international activities, among which was the free offer of the erythemal doses of solar UV radiation to the Olympic athletes of ATHENS 2004, through the website www.uvnet.gr. Since the beginning of its operation, scientists working the lab have participated in a number of competitive European research projects (CANDIDOZ, QUOBI, SCOUT-O3, QUANTIFY, GEMS, CIRCE, GEOMON, AMFIC, MACC, DARECLIMED and MACC II). The Zerefos Lab scientists have published papers in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and participated in the WMO/UNEP and IPCC assessments.

The lab has participated in the organization of three important international meetings: a) in October 2003 in cooperation with the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), b) in June 2004 at Kos Island, where about 500 scientists from all over the world participated in the Quadrennial Ozone Symposium 2004 and c) in Athens, in September 2007, the lab participated in the organization of the Symposium on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol entitled “Ozone depletion: from its discovery to Envisat and Aura”.


In December 2009, a unique Greek-Swedish research cooperation between industry and academia on environment and climate in the Mediterranean was signed in Stockholm. The Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research at Stockholm University, the Centre of Environmental Health and Biophysics of BRFAA and TEMES S.A., a Greek private company, signed a trilateral agreement for the establishment of the “Navarino Environmental Observatory (N.E.O.)” in Greece, in the region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese. N.E.O., which started operating during 2010, is dedicated to the study of climate change and its impacts on the natural environment and human activities in the Mediterranean region.

Figure 2: Smoke over BRFAA during the forest fires event in Athens in August 2009