Aerosol Measurement Station Augsburg

MesscontainerEpidemiological studies have shown a positive association between ambient (outdoor) particulate matter (PM) concentrations and cardiovascular and respiratory morbidity and mortality. Several studies have documented that especially the fine fraction (PM2.5) of PM10 is associated with health effects.

In the framework of our project we established 2004 a new measurement station in cooperation with partners within the GSF National Research Center for Environment and Health in Neuherberg/Munich (Institute of Epidemiology, Institute of Ecological Chemistry, Focus Network on Aerosols and Health) ( and other research institutes and universities (University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Bavarian Institute of Applied Environmental Research and Technology (BIfA) Augsburg).

On the basis of the collected data we will be able to do a detailed characterization of the urban aerosol in terms of source apportionment and the daily impact of the specific particle source to the particle concentration. The measurement site will serve as a platform for further investigation on the field of exposure assessment as well as epidemiological research. Presently, the main focus is on health effects on the cardiovascular system; these examinations are conducted by the Cooperative Health Research in the region of Augsburg (KORA project).

The Measurement station enhances two containers on the site of the FH Augsburg (Friedberger Straße). In the first container the physical and chemical characteristics of airborne particles are determined. The detailed characterisation of the particles enables to quantify the contribution of different sources of ambient air pollution and to record the periodic change of urban aerosols.

In the second container new methods for a detailed analysis of the chemical and physical characteristics will be developed. The intention is to enable online measurements of airborne particles. This includes size measurements of particles between 0,05 - 10 µm as well as the determination of their chemical composition by aerosol mass spectrometry. Furthermore semi volatile organic compounds (SVOC) are determined on a daily basis by conventional filter sampling and subsequent analysis by gaschromatography/massspectrometry.

These measurements provide a basis to analyse the influence of fine and ultrafine particles on health. At present, the focal point lies on health effects of air pollution on the cardiovascular system examined by a joint research project in the region of Augsburg (KORA-Projekt). More information about KORA:

[Flyer Die Aerosolmessstation in Augsburg]

Scientific Staff:

First Container:
Project Management Aerosol Measurement Station: Dr. J. Cyrys; Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute for Epidemiology
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Mike Pitz; Environmental Science Center, University of Augsburg
Project Management Health: PD Dr. A. Peters; Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute for Epidemiology
Prof. Dr. Dr. H.-Erich Wichmann; Helmholtz  Zentrum München, Institute for Epidemiology

Second Container:
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Ralf Zimmermann; University of Augsburg
Dr. T. Ferge; Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute for Ecological Chemistry
Dr. J. Schnelle-Kreis; BIfA, Augsburg