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Strengthening global capabilities in environmental monitoring

Scientists from the National Measurement Institutes (NMIs) of India and South Africa will be participating in the BIPM's Metrology for clean air capacity building project, following support from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

Strengthening global capabilities in environmental monitoring

The project is designed to help NMIs strengthen their gas standard capabilities and further develop their national measurement infrastructure in air quality and emissions monitoring. This forms part of a wider capacity building and knowledge transfer programme run by the BIPM, which has a unique role coordinating and improving the global measurement system for the benefit of science, industry and society.

Scientists participating in the project have the opportunity to undertake a six-month knowledge transfer secondment in the BIPM's Chemistry Department. This secondment is intended to broaden scientists' skills in Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer operation and analysis, enabling them to master the measurement technique for a number of gases of key relevance to air quality and emissions monitoring.

NPL's sponsorship will enable three visiting scientists to undertake secondments at the BIPM, as well as providing sets of primary reference gas mixtures for each institute involved in the project.

NPL provides high-quality, cost-effective environmental monitoring services underpinned by the latest research. We are entrusted by Defra, the Environment Agency and the National Environment Research Council (NERC), to lead UK monitoring networks and for the provision of traceable measurements for climate change models.

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Last Updated: 3 Jul 2017
Created: 3 Jul 2017

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