Cyprus Government Departments, European Research Centres of Excellence and Universities join forces to address air pollution and its interactions with regional Climate Change in Cyprus.

A consortium of scientists and experts led by the Cyprus Department of Environment, have joined forces in the context of the new project “ACCEPT”, to investigate the interaction between air pollution and climate change through a comprehensive suite of novel atmospheric measurements combined with the last generation of computer-based model simulations to better assess associated risks on public health and various economic sectors.

“ACCEPT” is coordinated by the Cyprus Department of Environment, with contributions from the Cyprus Meteorological Service and the Department of Labour Inspection. Notably, the consortium also brings together three European Research Center of Excellence, the Climate and Atmosphere Research Center of the Cyprus Institute, the Center of Excellence in Risk & Decision Sciences (CERIDES) of the European University and the Eratosthenes Center of Excellence at the Cyprus University of Technology.

Cyprus is situated at the crossroads of air pollution transported from three different continents and is downwind of atmospheric dust originating from two of the world’s largest deserts. Given its location, Cyprus regularly suffers from bad air quality, and it is expected that this situation may worsen in the near future due to global warming, regional geopolitical instability, and fast-growing MENA populations.

Bad air quality is a crucial matter for Cyprus as it has widespread implications both for public health (due to premature deaths) and the economy (due to health-related associated costs). In fact, it is estimated that mortality due to air pollution in Cyprus reaches c. 800 people per year. However, Cyprus and the surrounding region have received little attention in the context of relevant international research studies on air pollution. A contributor to this being that until very recently, available environmental data for the region have been insufficient, unavailable or of limited quality.

The “ACCEPT” project – whose name stands for Assessment of Climate Change Effects on Pollution Transport in Cyprus, and launched in July 2020 – has set to address these challenges through advancing scientific knowledge on air pollution in Cyprus. It also aims to provide a new and expanded Cyprus air quality database, through establishing a comprehensive atmospheric measurement program for atmospheric desert dust using state-of-the-art remote sensing LIDAR techniques, human-made pollution in Cypriot cities using novel technologies based on dense networks of miniaturized Air Quality sensors, and long-range transboundary pollution in Cyprus using unmanned aerial vehicles.

ACCEPT is funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014 – 2021 (85%) and co-funded by the Republic of Cyprus (15%) which represent Norway’s contribution towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

“Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe”

For more information or any queries, contact
Dr. Nicoletta Kythreotou
Department of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
Address: 20-22, 28th Octovriou Avenue,
CY- 2414 Nicosia, Cyprus
Phone: +357 22 408 947