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Project Over, Black Carbon Research Continues


In the period from 2012 to 2015 Murmansk State Technical University in collaboration with Battelle Memorial Institute (USA) took part in the international project "Arctic Black Carbon: Reduction of Black Carbon from Diesel Sources".

Within the international project black carbon emissions calculations were conducted from diesel sources in the Murmansk region, and then the inventory method was extrapolated to the whole of Russia. New research results will be announced February 17, 2016 at the round table discussion by Mr. Nazar Kholod, research fellow of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Battelle Memorial Institute, the USA.

The scientific community recognized that the issue of "black carbon" is the second most important factor contributing to "global warming" and largely determines the dynamics of melting Arctic ice caps of the Earth.

The project team conducted a detailed study and received curious results which became the basis for a detailed inventory of Murmansk region diesel sources including passenger cars and off-road vehicles. Road transport turned out to be the second largest source of black carbon emissions, which makes up about 13 %.

MSTU invites experts in the field of environmental protection, transport, representatives of regional governmental bodies to take part in the round table and get acquainted with the updated research data and to discuss possible solutions to the Murmansk region atmosphere pollution issue by black carbon.

The round table will be held 10.00 – 11.30 AM February 17, 2016 in room 116, building C (1st floor).