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The Final Conference of the Diapason Project has been held in Rome on June 19, 2015. 

In the afternoon of June 18, a Training course on dust assessment methods has been organized for interested Stakeholders. 

Click here to see the agenda of the day


PPT Presentations of the meeting:

G.P. Gobbi, CNR-ISAC - Opening remarks

C. Leonardi, Italian Ministry of Environment - EU Air Quality Legislation Status & Perspectives

F. Forastiere, DEP-Lazio - Particulate Matter and Health: What we learned and what we need

X. Querol, CSIC - PM Observations: Tools and needs

G. Zanini, ENEA - Use and Future of PM Forecasting Tools 

G.P. Gobbi, CNR-ISAC - DIAPASON Methods and Outcomes 

Di Menno, ISPRA - The ISPRA Experience at implementing EC Guidelines

Lucarelli, INFN - New Methodologies in PM analysis

F. Barnaba, CNR-ISAC - DIAPASON Methodology: comparison with current EU Guidelines and proposed improvements

L. Di Liberto, CNR-ISAC - DIAPASON Tools for Stakeholders: PLCs

A. Bolignano, ARPA Lazio - DIAPASON Tools: Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)  


Posters shown during the meeting:

- "Contribution of water to atmospheric PM during duststorms" - C. Perrino, S. Canepari;

- "Ceilometer measurements at an Alpine station (Aosta, Italy): first results and new perspectives on pollution dynamics" - T. Magri, H. Diémoz, G.P. Gobbi, L. Di Liberto;

- "Biodiversity and Chemical Speciation of Desert Dust recorded at M. Martano site (Central Italy) in 2014" - D. Cappelletti, S. Castellini, S.Crocchianti, G. Cenci, E. Federici, A. Franzetti, E. Montalbani, B. Moroni, C. Petroselli, B. Sebastiani, R. Selvaggi;


 Pictures of the event are available in the Media Gallery.

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Diapason Final Conference Press release (ITA language)

Schermata 2015-10-29 a 15.06.09 2015-06-19 Nuovi strumenti per valutare l'impatto delle sabbie sahariane sul nostro inquinament


On April 27 and 28 G.P. Gobbi and F. Barnaba participated in a joined Workshop networking four LIFE Projects aimed at the characterization of Mediterranean aerosols (AIRUSE, DIAPASON, MED-PARTICLES and ACEPT-AIR). The workshop was held at the Spanish CSIC in Barcelona and was organized by X. Querol, coordinator of Air Use.

The Barcelona workshop addressed "Quantitative methods for evaluating daily contributions of African dust to ambient PMx levels over Europe during dust outbrakes".

A variety of results have been presented and thoroughly discussed during the two-day event. Main outcomes of Diapason have been presented and acknowledged. All presentations will be posted soon on the Projects' web sites.

A document containing recommendations to policy-makers for the update of the EC guidelines in the field of assessment of Saharan contribution to PMx loads in Europe is under preparation.

All presentations are available here.