Working Group: Atmospheric Aerosol Studies (AAS)

WG Chair: Ana Kroflič

Ambient aerosols are recognized to have important impacts on the ecosystem, human health and climate change. However, aerosol formation and aging mechanisms, as well as a number of related atmospheric processes are not well understood. Of our main interest are physical, chemical, and optical properties of ambient aerosols and their mimics, including time-resolved investigations of the complex multiphase system and aerosol modelling. We aim to provide better insight, new aspects and knowledge on the lifecycle of atmospheric aerosol particles, with an emphasis on their roles in cloud formation and Earth’s radiative balance.

The Atmospheric Aerosol Studies working group is a highly interdisciplinary scientific forum that strives for the scientific exchange and the highest-level scientific discussions within the wide atmospheric aerosol science community. We warmly welcome contributions from field as well as aerosol chamber, laboratory, and modelling studies considering any aspect of atmospheric aerosols and their processing.


1. Aerosols and clouds in polar regions (Julia Schmale)

2. New particle formation (Jenni Kontkanen)

3. Aerosol-cloud-interaction in warm, mixed-phase and ice clouds (Silvia Henning)

4. Transport of atmospheric aerosols, modelling and climate forcing (Ulas Im)

5. Molecular characterization of atmospheric aerosols (Christopher Kampf)

6. Homogeneous, heterogeneous and multiphase chemistry, secondary aerosols (Ana Kroflič)

7. Optical properties, remote sensing, black and brown carbon (Luca Ferrero)

8. Sources and source apportionment of atmospheric aerosols (Daniele Contini)

9. Physico-chemical properties of atmospheric aerosols (all)

Name Contacts Topics of Main Interest
Daniele Contini Source apportionment, physical and chemical properties
Luca Ferrero Optical properties and remote sensing, black and brown carbon, climate forcing
Silvia Henning Aerosol-cloud interaction, transport
Ulas Im Transport, global modelling and climate forcing
Christopher Kampf Molecular characterization, multiphase chemistry
Jenni Kontkanen New particle formation
Ana Kroflič (chair) Multiphase chemistry, SOA, brown carbon, chemical characterization
Julia Schmale Aerosols in extreme environments, aerosol-cloud interaction