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ERDF078: Upgrading of Giordan Lighthouse global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) Research Station

Project Cost: €444,734
Beneficiary: University of Malta
Line Ministry: Ministry for Education and Employment
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2011

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The project upgraded an already existing instrument measuring facility for atmospheric research at Giordan lighthouse, Gozo and the corresponding laboratory and office facilities at the University Centre, Xewkija, Gozo, to accommodate the increased data throughout and staff required. Space for development was already available at both Giordan lighthouse and the University Xewkija premises.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Operational Objective: To undertake a number of smart investments in the knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in higher education;
Priority Axis: PA1 Enhancing Knowledge and Innovation
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA1 Investment in RTDI and RTDi-related Infrastructure and ICT

Project Objectives

When the project is completed the University and Malta shall have a UN linked state of the art facility to conduct atmospheric research of an applied and interdisciplinary nature which will contribute to the understanding of Pollution and Climate change in the Mediterranean.

Project Results

The setting up of a specialised facility to monitor and research pollutant trace gases and aerosols as well as related meteorological parameters as part of the University’s Environmental Unit in the Faculty of Science and reporting also to WMO. The instruments will detect the following at a level not available at present:Ozone (including calibration against a primary standard), Carbon monoxide, Sulphur dioxide, Nitrogen oxides, Aerosols (nm – micron ranges), Black Carbon, Rn- 222 and Low volume sampler for chemical analysis. Also all meteorological parameters information to be shared with the Met. Office at MIA.The list of equipment to be bought is therefore as follows:Primary ozone standard,Ozone analyzer,Carbon monoxide analyzer,Sulphur dioxide analyzer,Nitrogen oxides analyzer,Aerosol particulate analyzer,Athelometer (MAAP) for black carbon detection,Radon – 222 detector,Zero gas generator/s,Calibration gas mixing unit,Weblogger plus software via GPRS connection,Meteorological instruments,Low volume samplers,Computers for Xewkija IT network,Refurbished rooms at Giordan lighthouseRefurbished offices/ maintenance lab at Xewkija premises.

Project Purpose

Improvement of research and training infrastructure for atmospheric pollution. Attraction, employment and training of research students of an international calibre.Very improved opportunities for collaborative research with other Mediterranean and International Scientific institutions working on Pollution and Climate change.