Satellite-based remote sensing of the Earth surface, atmospheric and space phenomena is an essential element of current research programme. The observing systems, products based on the observations, and models providing interpretation and explanation of the observations are developed in wide international collaborations.
The Programme focusses on remote sensing of the Earth surface and atmospheric processes as well as on research on the near-Earth space and solar system. New technologies for as well space-based and ground-based measurements, new analysis techniques, numerical models, and applications are developed within the Programme. The research is closely linked to the Kumpula Space Centre.
The Programme is divided into four research groups:
Surface Remote Sensing: surface radiation balance, space-based snow cover and surface albedo measurements, application development.
Atmospheric Remote Sensing: middle atmospheric composition, chemistry and dynamics, stratospheric ozone, inversion method development for space-borne atmospheric measurements.
Radar and Space Technology: weather radar development and applications, planetary atmospheric research and observation methods, development of space technology.
Space Weather: Space-based observations of the magnetosphere, numerical modeling and simulations, space weather applications, planetary space environments.