Increasing climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Aerosol-cloud interactions still represent the largest uncertainty in current projections of future climate.
The Sonnblick Observatory of GeoSphere Austria, together with the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Vienna, aims to reduce this uncertainty through sound measurements and research and thus contribute to the optimisation of climate and weather forecasts.
The AeroCloud-AT project, which is funded by the Austrian Funding Agency for Business-Related Research, Development and Innovation, or FFG for short, is intended to help with this.
The aim of the AeroCloud-AT project is to establish a unique infrastructure for intensive research into aerosol-cloud-climate interactions with two sites. The combination of the high alpine Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) site Sonnblick Observatory (SBO) with the renewed urban aerosol observatory at the University of Vienna forms this unique cooperative infrastructure. Data and research results will also contribute to the European Research Infrastructure for Aerosols, Clouds and Trace Gases (ACTRIS).
AeroCloud-AT will start in November 2023. The funding period ends in October 2027.