Swedish RI roadmap

ACTRIS Sweden is listed as a Category A2 Research Infrastructure (RI) in the "Appendix to the national Research Infrastructure roadmap" published in 2016. This means that ACTRIS Sweden is recognized as a prioritized research infrastructure of high scientific and strategic value for Sweden, although currently not considered mature enough to be allowed to apply for national Research Infrastructure funding already in March 2017.

During 2017, an renewed inventory of infrastructure needs for future infrastructures will be conducted, including needs of both national and international infrastructures. This will result in an update of the Swedish Research Council’s Guide to Infrastructures to be published in 2018, including an appendix based on the inventory of needs. Those RIs listed there in Category A1 (high scientific and strategic value, mature enough for implementation beginning in 2020) are likely to be eligible for submitting a proposal in response to a call for applications on “Infrastructure of National Interest” in spring 2019.


The following text regarding ACTRIS Sweden is quoting the "Appendix to the national Research Infrastructure roadmap" published in autumn 2016":


Infrastructure for coordination of aerosol measurements

Challenge: Atmospheric aerosols are formed by a wide range of natural processes and anthropogenic activities. They play an important role in air pollution and related health issues. Moreover, they have major effects on the global climate through their influence on cloud formation and the earth's radiative balance. These relationships are complex and difficult to quantify on the basis of current knowledge. The coordination of aerosol observations and data on a national and global scale is therefore vital in order to gain a better understanding of air quality and climate development. In a European perspective, the research infrastructure project ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure network) has been included in the ESRFI roadmap in 2016 as an initiative to consolidate European activities involving the observation of aerosols, clouds and trace gases.

Description: A Swedish ACTRIS would complement existing infrastructures such as ICOS and SITES, enhancing our understanding of the interaction between ecosystems and the atmosphere. In particular, ACTRIS would add vital information about atmospheric aerosols, gases and clouds to the hydrological, meteorological and ecological analysis of greenhouse gas fluxes and concentrations. In this way, a full set of parameters describing the land-ocean-ecosystem-atmosphere system can be obtained, including aerosol-induced climate effects such as light scattering, light absorption and cloud formation. Explanations of the added value to research of the specific hardware and software facilities proposed are needed in order to justify a national infrastructure in this area. It will also be necessary to demonstrate the involvement of an appropriate national research community. The relationship to ICOS and SITES, including the impact on logistics and scientific synergies, should be clearly described.