Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

In the framework of the RaWDAR: Black Carbon Raman Wavelength Detection and Ranging initiative, the Institute has been investigating the presence of soot and black carbons in the atmosphere which might be caused by natural sources emissions, such as forest fires, but also by human activities. One of the main goals of the initiative is to develop advanced vibrational spectroscopies of carbonaceous nanoparticles in the gas phase. Raman scattering will be implemented, in conjunction with the detailed understanding of the pertinent spectral features for the speciation of carbon nanoparticles in the gas phase. In particular, the main developments are aimed at the development and use of Raman scattering for the teledetection of soot in the gas phase.

Implementation methodologies

One application will be the monitoring of the northern region of Vietnam: south-east Asia is poorly characterized yet although the strong emission sources are numerous, from coal mines to power plant and transportation as well as biomass burning with a strong impact in the Ha Long bay for instance.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d'Orsay
Development of an advanced vibrational spectroscopies of carbonaceous nanoparticles in the gas phase
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 13
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
Institut des Sciences
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: Ile-de-France, France
Date of completion: ongoing
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Thomas Pino,

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