Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory
The Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory (A.C.L) of the National Observatory of Athens (N.O.A.) was founded in 1996 by the Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development (I.E.R.S.D.), one of NOA's five institutes. A.C.L./N.O.A. is located at I.E.R.S.D.'s premises in P. Penteli. In 2005, the Laboratory upgraded its existing infrastructure, for the provision of chemical analyses and air pollutants measurements services, with emphasis on hazardous for public health chemical compounds. The upgrade was implemented within the frame of the Operational Programme Competitiveness, co-financed by the European Union ? European Regional Development Fund (E.R.D.F.) and national funds.
From then on, A.C.L./N.O.A. has developed and applied an integrated Quality Management System according to ELOT EN ISO-IEC 17025 international standard, for the provision of accredited services targeted towards the detection and measurement of chemical compounds that are harmful to the environment and public health.
Objective of Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory
provision of high quality accredited services for measuring atmospheric and other pollutants, in order to meet the demands of Greek society, state and private bodies, for sustainable economic and technological development, coupled with environmental and public health protection.
In parallel to the provision of accredited services, A.C.L./N.O.A. actively participates in national and international research projects, conducting both basic and applied edge research, among others within the fields of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Air and Water Quality.
Meteorological Device Calibration
The Laboratory of Meteorological Device Calibration (LMDC) has been founded in 1996 and operates since at the premises of the Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development (IERSD) at Lofos Koufou in the area of Palea Penteli. The main goal of LMDC is, among other, to offer calibration services for meteorological instruments and actinometers to the private and public sector.
The laboratory is organized according to the Quality Assurance International standards. For all calibration procedures, the LMDC staff has drafted Technical Guidelines based on ISO standards, the current scientific best practice, ISO Guide on the expression of uncertainty in measurements, and the
Guide to meteorological instruments and methods of observations.
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)-No 8
The LMDC calibrates meteorological instruments such as: thermometers (mostly electronic, while liquid-in-glass thermometers are checked for good operation only), thermographs, hygrometers and hygrographs, pyranometers, photometers and rain gauges. Data collection and processing is performed with high accuracy instruments.