The novel project “Integrated technology for environment assessment of Moscow megacity based on chemical analysis of microparticle composition in the atmosphere – snow – road dust – soil – surface water system (Megacity)” sponsored by the Russian Scientific Foundation will be implemented by the team from Moscow State University and support PEEX activities in 2019-2021
The purpose of the project is to develop novel technology for multicomponent aerosols assessment and identification of their sources for the pollution study of Moscow metropolis which is one of the most polluted territories in the European part of Russia with a very high concentration of population.
In particular, the project aims at quantitative assessment of microparticles, composition, PM10 and PM2.5, including elemental carbon content, the concentrations of ionic and organic compounds and elements in the components of urban landscapes under various meteorological conditions and seasonal variation during the year. The project also focuses on the analysis of the chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols and microparticles in the “atmosphere–snow–road dust–soils–surface water” system, which should assimilate various methods for isolating pollution components in separate natural media. Special attention will be paid to the analysis of the spatial and temporal variability of the composition of microparticles in separate natural environments of the metropolis, as well as baseline conditions of the Moscow region.
The project will be co-organized by Russian-Finnish PEEX-related workshops and seminars in 2019 and 2020.
Text by Sergey Chalov, Moscow State University, PEEX Moscow Office