The Aerobiology program at the IARC is performed within the EOLO-PAT project. This is a joint project between the IARC, the Laboratori d’Anàlisis Palinològiques (LAP; Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) and Air Liquide España S.A.
The Eolo-PAT project was started in 2004 at SCO with the aim of contributing to a better knowledge of the pollen and spore content in the air of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (NE of Tenerife Island, in the Canary archipelago, 220,000 inhabitants) and its relation with the prevalence of respiratory allergy.
Dr. Jordina Belmonte by the Lanzoni VPPS 2000 samplers (Hirst method) at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Observatory (SCO) (52 m a.s.l.)
A second aerobiological station was implemented at IZO thanks to the financial support of the R+D National Plan CGL-2005-07543 project (“Origin, transport and deposition of African atmospheric aerosol in the Canaries and the Iberian Peninsula based on its Chemical and Aerobiological Characterization”).
Lanzoni VPPS 2000 samplers (Hirst method) over the parti-Lab at Izaña Observatory (2360 m a.s.l.)
These two projects also pursuit to gain knowledge of the biological fraction of aerosols within the GAW program.
The sampling program at SCO is continuous through the year, whereas samples are only collected at IZO from April-May to November because of adverse meteorology during the rest of the year.
Pollen data is recorded at IZO and SCO with Lanzoni VPPS 2000 samplers based on the Hirst method, the standard method accorded by the European aerobiological networks. The aerobiological counting of samples is performed by the LAP following the methodology of the Spanish Aerobiological Network (Red Española de Aerobiología, REA).
SCO’s pollen historic data is available at the following sites:
Data obtained from 2004 to 2008 at SCO has permitted the elaboration of a first pollen calendar for Santa Cruz de Tenerife showing the dynamics along the year of the most abundant pollen types.