Norwegian Institute for Air Research

Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) is an independent non-profit research foundation with 175 employees (75 scientists) and annual turnover €17M. NILU conducts environmental research on sources of airborne pollution, atmospheric transport, transformation and deposition, forecasting of long-term emission of greenhouse gases, exposure assessment, effects of pollution on ecosystems, human health and materials, including economic assessments. NILU ensures the quality standard of data in national and international monitoring networks and is custodian to

national librarian and database services. NILU gives advice and support to other institutes and laboratories on methods to be used in measurement/monitoring and analysis. NILU has undertaken many tasks as co-ordinator for international environmental research projects and has since the 4th FP of the EU participated in more than 100 EU-FP projects.

NILU has nearly 40 years experience related to database development and data archival and serves as an international data centre for a number of conventions and research projects. NILU has been awarded responsibility for database development and operations in more than 50 different research projects funded by the European Commission Framework Programmes. Recent engagements include hosting of the World Data Centre on Aerosols (WDCA) under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and operationalisation of the EBAS database to better service the atmospheric modelling community – the latter infrastructure is currently being developed under the NFR funded project “EBAS Online”. For more than 10 years, NILU has also managed the ESA Envisat Calibration and Validation data centre.

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