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Remote Sensing Group

IASI methane

Global monthly averaged IASI methane
(Credit: STFC)

RAL’s Remote Sensing Group (RSG) has an international standing in satellite sounding of atmospheric composition, drawing on expertise in spectrometry from UV through IR to millimetre wavelengths and VIS/IR imaging. The Group has developed state-of-the-art schemes to produce multi-year global data sets on ozone, methane, aerosol and cloud in NERC’s National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) and in ESA’s “Climate Change Initiative”. Current research centres on increasing sensitivity to near-surface ozone and methane, derivation of particulate matter and photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) for applications including air quality, surface flux estimation and vegetation health.

The Group collaborates with partners in the UK and international science community to exploit its datasets to test climate models and their representations of composition-climate interactions and surface-atmosphere interactions. A near-real time processing chain has been established on JASMIN to support operational users such as Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service. The Group also provides scientific direction and expert support to develop future satellite missions and precursor airborne instruments.

More information on the Remote Sensing Group can be found on the RAL Space website.

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