National Environmental Research Institute of Denmark

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NERI, the National Environmental Research Institute of Denmark (Danish: Danmarks Miljøundersøgelser or simply DMU) was an independent research institute under the Aarhus University. NERI undertook scientific consultancy work and monitoring of nature and the environment as well as applied and strategic research. NERI’s primary task was to establish a scientific foundation for environmental policy decisions.

NERI participated in a large number of national and international research programmes, and also in scientific working groups, commissions, and organizations under such bodies as the European Union and the United Nations.

In 2011, NERI closed. The consultancy side was reorganised into The DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, while the research departments of the old NERI are now divided between the Department of Bioscience and the Department of Environmental Science.

Departments within NERI[edit]

NERI includes a number of departments devoted to various environmental and ecological categories:

  • Department of Policy Analysis
  • Department of Atmospheric Environment
  • Department of Marine Ecology
  • Department of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology
  • Department of Arctic Environment
  • Department of Terrestrial Ecology
  • Department of Freshwater Ecology
  • Department of Ecology and Biodiversity

Department of Atmospheric Environment (ATMI)[edit]

NERI monitors air pollution in Denmark and Greenland, and works with mathematical atmospheric dispersion models[1][2] to describe transport, transformation and deposition of air pollutants. The models range in spatial resolution from local air pollution in a single street, to both nationwide and global air pollution. NERI compiles Danish emission inventories as part of Denmark's obligations in accordance with international conventions.

NERI also participates in many international collaboration networks within the field of air pollution, and it hosts websites for several such networks.

NERI's Department of Atmospheric Environment (ATMI) has a staff of over 65 scientists and researchers who conduct work within the following fields:

  • Monitoring and mapping of the air quality in Denmark and the Arctic.
  • Research, development and application of atmospheric chemical dispersion models.
  • Studying air pollution scenarios and prognoses as well as air pollution from vehicular traffic.
  • Studies, analyses, and models for the transport, transformation and fate of toxic air pollutants.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Turner, D.B. (1994). Workbook of atmospheric dispersion estimates: an introduction to dispersion modeling (2nd ed.). CRC Press. ISBN 1-56670-023-X.
  2. ^ Beychok, Milton R. (2005). Fundamentals Of Stack Gas Dispersion (4th ed.). author-published. ISBN 0-9644588-0-2.

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