Prof. Kulmala is a world leader in atmospheric aerosol science and one of the founders of terrestrial ecosystem meteorology. His works cover theoretical and experimental physics, atmospheric chemistry, observational meteorology, biophysics and, in particular, biosphere-aerosol-cloud-climate interactions. His main scientific aim has been to reduce scientific uncertainties concerning global climate change issues, particularly those related to aerosols and clouds. He has aimed at creating a deep understanding of the dynamics of aerosol particles and ion and neutral clusters in the lower atmosphere. His emphasis has been on biogenic formation mechanisms of aerosol particles and their linkage to biosphere-atmosphere interaction processes, biogeochemical cycles and trace gases. To solve these interdisciplinary problems, Kulmala has created a research program including continuous long-term atmospheric observations, global modelling and deep theoretical and experimental understanding of atmospheric cluster and aerosol dynamics. In his pioneering, wide-perspective research, Kulmala is working from the nano/molecular scale to the global scale.
The scientist involved from Kulmala's research group in the ERC ATM-NUCLE project are:
Ph.D. Mikko Sipilä: development of cluster instruments.
Ph.D. Theo Kurten: quantum chemistry calculations.
Ph.D. Doc. Jaana BÃ¤ck: biological processes behind BVOC emissions.
Ph.D. Tanja Suni: connection between atmospheric BVOCs and aerosol formation and growth.
Ph.D. Risto Makkonen,
Ph.D. Dominick Spracklen (Univ.Leeds): global modeling.
Ph.D. Hanna Manninen: atmospheric observations and laboratory experiments on biogenic new particle formation.