ATMOS Aerosol Research performs air measurements worldwide. Data provided by satellites, ground stations and/or special flights is analysed. Aerosols are tiny particles in the air that can be harmful or benefitial to our health.
The idea for the foundation of ATMOS Aerosol Research emerged from an extended feasibility study for the construction of the ATMOS Selfness Resort, where e.g. patients suffering from mucoviscidosis shall find relief. People affected by this incurable genetic disorder suffer from a buildup of mucus in organs. The level of salt in the air is crucial for them. It can remove mucus in the lungs and open the bronchi. The quality of air, however, is of importance to many more people.
At the Austrian World Summit 2018 Arnold Schwarzenegger warned that 90% of the world population were affected by bad air. The WHO assumes that by 2020 the third most frequent cause of death will be air pollution (see ‘Rare Airs – Rare Earths Elements‘). Fine dust is already responsible for the death of nearly 9 million people worldwide (see PNAS: Global estimates of mortality associated with long-term exposure to outdoor fine particulate matter). A Chinese study has come to the conclusion that being permanently exposed to bad air does not only have a damaging impact on your health, but also negatively affects your cognitive performance (see PNAS: The impact of exposure to air pollution on cognitive performance).