Partner 6.1 - CNRS-LISA
Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Laboratory Inter-universitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques (LISA)

Expertise and experience of the organization
The Laboratory Inter-universitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques (LISA) is a joint research unit of the CNRS, the University of Paris 12 and the University of Paris 7. The laboratory activities cover six main research topics including desert aerosols, the oxyding capacity of the atmosphere, the local and continental pollution, the atmospheric impacts on ecosystems, the organic physico-chemistry of planetary environments, and atmospheric spectroscopy.

Role and contribution

Campaign planning and organization (dedicated campaign in Paris region WP3), Airborne gas phase measurements gas in WP3, Ground based gas phase measurements. Urban / regional / continental scale modelling with the CHIMERE model for several megacities.

Principal personnel involved
Dr. Matthias Beekmann (Team leader;  Ph.: +33-1-45171545; Fax: +33-1-45171564, e-mail: - Senior Scientist at CNRS. Since more than 15 years, he is working on various aspects of the tropospheric ozone budget on the global, continental and regional/urban scale. His major field is regional scale pollution modelling. He initiated with colleagues the development of a continental and regional scale transport and chemistry model (CHIMERE), which is now operationally used for air quality forecast at INERIS ( He is author or co-author of about 30 peer-reviewed publications. He participated as a PI to a large number of EU projects in the field, BOA (Budget of Ozone over the Atlantic), TACIA (Testing Atmospheric Chemistry in Anticyclones), MAXOX (MAXimum OXidation rates in the free troposphere), NATAIR (Improving and Applying Methods for the Calculation of Natural and Biogenic Emissions and Assessment of Impacts on Air Quality), GEMS (Global and Regional Earth system Monitoring Using Satellite and in-situ Data) and GEOMON (Global Earth Observation and Monitoring).
Dr. Agnès Borbon
(CNRS Res. Scientist; Ph.: +33-1-45171519; e-mail: – is an atmospheric scientist at CNRS. Since 8 years, she has been working on various aspects of tropospheric chemistry and especially sources and fate of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and their implication on photooxidant budget. Her approach is based on field experimental work both on ground and airborne platforms and statistical data analysis. During her PhD, she developed an automated online system for VOC ozone precursor monitoring which is now the reference method of the French Monitoring Air Quality Network. At the LISA, she has been developing a new offline instrumentation for primary and secondary VOC airborne measurements. She collaborated to various French and EU projects (MERA/EMEP, ESCOMPTE (Expérience sur Site pour COntraindre les Modèles de Pollution atmosphérique et de Transport d’Emissions) and AMMA (Analyse Multidisciplinaire de la Mousson Africaine)).
Assoc. Prof. Aurélie Colomb (Assoc. Prof.; Ph.: +33-1-45171547; e-mail: - is Assoc. Prof. at the university Paris 12 (Creteil) and works in LISA since Sep 2006. Since 8 years, she is working on the measurement of organic compounds in the atmosphere and its relation to photochemical ozone production. Her major field is VOCs/NOx/O3 measurements during ground or airborne field campaigns. She participated to a large number of French/German/EU projects in the field, POVA (Pollution des Vallees Alpines), ESCOMPTE, UTOPIHAN-ACT (Upper Tropospheric Ozone: Processes Involving HOx and NOx -The Impact of Aviation and Convectively Transported Pollutants in the Tropopause Region), HOHPEX (Hohenpeissenberg OH-Intercomparison and Photochemistry Experiment), MANCHOT (Measurement of Anthropogenic and Natural Compound in the Southern Hemispheric Oceanic Troposphere), PEeCE III (Pelagic Ecosystem CO2 Enrichment Study), GABRIEL (Guyanas Atmosphere-Biosphere exchange and Radicals Intensive Experiment with the Learjet), and OOMPH (Organics over the Ocean Modifying Particles in both Hemisphere).
Assoc. Prof. Isabelle Coll (Assoc.  Prof.; Ph.: +33-1-45171546; e-mail: - is Assoc. Prof. at the university Paris 12 (Creteil). Since about 10 years, she is working in the field of air quality model development and applications. She was deeply involved in the ESCOMPTE project. In particular, she was charge of a workpackage aiming at systematically evaluating the effect of different emission reductions scenarios on air quality in the Marseille region. She is member of many national projects dealing with regional scale photooxidant modelling and also of several EU projects EU/GEMS  and ESA PROMOTE.  

Selected relevant publications
Beekmann M., A. Kerschbaumer, E. Reimer, R. Stern, D. Möller, (2007): PM measurement campaign HOVERT in the Greater Berlin area: model evaluation with chemically specified particulate matter observations for a one year period, Atmos. Phys. and Chem., 7, 55-68.
Konovalov, I. B., M. Beekmann, A. Richter, H. Nüß, and J. P. Burrows, (2006): Inverse modelling of spatial distributions of NOx emissions on a continental scale using satellite data, Atmos. Phys. and Chem., 6, 1747-1770.
Colomb A., V. Jacob, P.Kaluzny, F.Tripoli and P.Baussand, (2006): Airborne measurements of trace organic species in the upper troposphere over Europe: the impact of deep convection, Environ. Chem., 3 (4) 244–259.
Borbon A., H. Fontaine, N. Locoge, M. Veillerot, J.C. Galloo, (2003): Developing receptor oriented methods for Non Methane Hydrocarbon caracterisation in urban air. Part I: Source identification, Atmos. Environ., 37(29): 4051 4064.
Coll I., S. Pinceloup, P.E. Perros; G. Laverdet, G. Le Bras, (2005): 3D analysis of high ozone production rates observed during the ESCOMPTE campaign, Atm. Research, 477-505.


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