"CARE" investigates ultrafine black pollution in Rome
The CARE experiment (Carbonaceous Aerosol in Rome and Environs) was starting in Rome on February 2017, led by ISAC-CNR.
'CARE 2017' field measurements will be based nearby Terme di Caracalla, in Rome. Here, two mobile vans will be equipped with state-of-the-art instruments to measure size, composition, and color of the atmospheric aerosol, ultrafine particles and black carbon with high time resolution. Here, cells of the human body will be concurrently exposed in-vitro for the assessment of nanoparticle and black carbon toxicity. From here, researchers will start everyday their journey on the way to the downtown Rome, with mobile instruments to characterize black carbon spatial variability, moving from low emission zones (Fori Imperiali) to the most polluted roads and street canyons.
Two scientists of TROPOS carry out this fieldwork by backpacks.
CARE will give the first characterisation of the exposure of the Rome urban area, its inhabitants and cultural heritage, to ultrafine and black carbon aerosol particles.