EMME-CARE is establishing a new research centre as part of the CyI, CARE-C, and thereby link Environmental sciences (atmospheric composition and climate) with public health, policy development, economic sectors, education and innovation to address societal challenges.
This new centre of excellence will have a competitive research and innovation agenda by upgrading the current Atmosphere and Climate Division (operating under the Energy Environment Water Research Centre, EEWR-C), and establish two new research divisions, headed by internationally renowned senior scientists. Environmental research activities will be transferred to the new CARE-C which will develop outside the EWR-C (Energy and Water Research Centre). To facilitate management and operations, CARE-C will be structured into two divisions with distinct, though related, activities (Experimental Analysis and Environmental Prediction) and two transverse units (RI and RTDI) to support research and foster innovation across the divisions. This new organization, is preliminary, and will be scrutinized during the preparation phase of the business plan, which will formulate specific recommendations on the organization and restructuring. Currently CyI has 3 centers:
- Energy Environment Water (EEWR-C)
- Archaeology (STAR-C)
- Computer Science and Technology (CASTOR-C)
New Experimental Analysis Division: In collaboration with its Teaming partners, EMME-CARE will upgrade the current experimental group of the Atmosphere & Climate Division of EEWR-C and launch an ambitious and continuous comprehensive measurement programme in the EMME region, based on quality controlled comprehensive long-term atmospheric observations, novel instrument development, and advanced laboratory analyses. It will bridge ground-based and satellite observations with UAV measurements to characterize the high loads and complex mixture of natural and anthropogenic emissions in the EMME, and assess their various impacts on climate and precipitation, air quality and public health. The strategic geographic location of Cyprus will help characterize regional greenhouse gas and contaminant emissions, long-range atmospheric transport, air pollution/desert dust interactions and their impacts on climate, the water cycle and air quality.
New Environmental Prediction Division: EMME-CARE will enhance computer modelling and the analysis of environmental data, currently carried out by the modelling group of the Atmosphere & Climate Division of EEWR-C, using the latest generation of HPC infrastructure. The division will improve process understanding, theoretical and practical aspects of environmental forecasting and future projections, and will provide climate and air quality services in Cyprus and the neighbouring countries. Combining modelling and field observations with public health aspects will support the impact assessment of environmental and climate change, the management of emerging risks, and development of regional policies in partnership with stakeholders. In addition, two transverse units will operate under CARE-C to support its research agenda:
- Research Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI): EMME-CARE plans this new RTDI unit to enhance technology development in competitive research, promote the technical readiness level (TRL), bring research results closer to the market with technically advanced and innovative products, and thereby contribute to raising funds to sustain the long-term development and operation of the centre. This unit will:
- support the international competitiveness of the research centre,
- foster technology transfer and intellectual property (IP) management and valorisation
- provide services to public stakeholders and a wide range of industrial sectors in Cyprus and the EMME; and
- encourage entrepreneurship and the creation of spinoffs. It will strengthen the education, training and dissemination activities through the doctoral program – further opened to the EMME region – and outreach and training programmes.
- Research Infrastructure (RI): In compliance with EU atmospheric Research Infrastructure, this unit will increase the competitiveness of laboratory infrastructure and core facilities, to further environmental research at a high level of excellence based on a critical mass of highly qualified technical experts. Infrastructure that operates under the RI unit will turn into strategic components of international networks, e.g. extending existing EU networks (i.e. ACTRIS, ICOS) towards the EMME region with strong mutual benefits. This unit will enhance research and innovation by pursuing smart miniaturized instrumentation and UAVs as novel research and monitoring tools. Therefore, and with the support of the RTDI unit, it will feed CARE-C with additional financial resources and better sustain its development, long-term operation, and scientific vision.
The business plan for EMME-CARE is aiming at establishing a new research centre at CyI that will integrate and structure the existing activities in climate and Atmospheric environmental research and innovation within the operational framework outlined above. As foundation, the current research activities pursued at CyI by the Atmosphere & Climate division are followed by the scientific motivation and a long-term vision of the EMME-CARE research and innovation agenda with an approximate time horizon of 10 years and specific plans for the next 7 years.