A joint research project on the spectroscopy of atmospheric molecules has been selected as one of the highlights of current UK-Portugal research collaborations. The joint research project entitled "Molecular Fingerprinting for Atmospheric Sensing" led by CEPSAR's Professor Nigel Mason of the Department of Physics and Professor Paulo Limão-Vieira (Department of Physics, New University of Lisbon) uses Infrared and UV spectroscopy to provide fundamental data for remote sensing instruments to detect both pollutant species and natural biogenic species (such as volatile organics emitted from vegetation). The data may also be used to derive lifetimes of such species in the terrestrial atmosphere, an important parameter in determining their role in atmospheric chemistry. The research forms a major part of Ms Elizabeth Drage and Ms Eva Vasekova PhD Projects' at the Open Univeristy and forms part of the PhD studies of Mr Rodrigo Antunes and Mr Paulo Gomes at the New University of Lisbon.
This project has been selected as one of only 12 projects from over 690 projects funded as part of the British Council's Treaty of Windsor Scientific programme to celebrate outstanding research collaborations between UK and Portuguese research teams. The work will be featured in a special brochure with interactive CD, to celebrate the programme's 20th anniversary.