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Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East 
Climate and Atmosphere Research

The Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East – Climate and Atmosphere Research (EMME-CARE) project, has been established with a view of creating a regional Centre of Excellence (CoE) for climate and atmosphere research in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) region, which has been identified as a global climate change “hot spot”.

Through funding received from the European Union’s research and innovation program (under grant no. 856612) and the Cyprus Government, EMME-CARE upgraded the Atmosphere and Climate Division of the Cyprus Institute to create a new CoE – the Climate and Atmosphere Research Center (CARE-C).

CARE-C was officially launched in January 2020 and it operates as part of the Cyprus Institute. In establishing CARE-C, the Cyprus Institute joined forces with world-leading institutes in the field of climate and environmental research that are acting as its Advanced Partners: the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Germany, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the University of Helsinki (UHEL),

CARE-C has set out to address the risks associated with air pollution and climate change in the EMME through a combination of research, innovation and education activities with a regional focus. The new CoE capitalizes on the strategic geopolitical location of Cyprus to create a link between Europe and the Middle East, acting as a knowledge hub for environmental and climate change research and fostering the creation of innovative and sustainable solutions that can help address the challenges facing the EMME region. CAO is an integral part of this through providing Cyprus-based atmospheric research facilities and related infrastructures for better characterization of regional air pollution and climate change. This is in accordance with the mission of CAO to provide high quality, long-term observations of key atmospheric pollutants relevant to air quality and climate change.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 856612 and the Cyprus Government