Earth Observation

Satellite-based remote sensing of 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 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 threeresearch groups:

Atmospheric Remote Sensing: atmospheric composition, chemistry and dynamics, greenhouse gases, air quality, middle atmospheric ozone, interaction between middle atmosphere and climate change, inversion method development for space-borne atmospheric measurements and their uncertainties.

Radar and Space Technology: weather radar development and applications, planetary atmospheric research and observation methods, development of space technology.

Space Physics Applications: Space-based observations of the magnetosphere, numerical simulations of the Earth's magnetosphere and other solar system space plasma environments, development of the electric sail, development of space weather products and services.

Contact information

Head of Unit, Minna Palmroth
p. +358-29-539 4696
Atmospheric Remote Sensing:
Head of Group, Johanna Tamminen
p. +358-29-539 1000
Radar and Space Technology:
Head of Group, Ari-Matti Harri
p. +358-50 337 5623
Space Physics Applications:
Head of Group, Ari Viljanen
p. +358-29-539 4668

Kirsi Virolainen p. +358-29-539 4147
fax +358 29 539 3146



Space weather

Check the Space weather page for the probability of seeing auroras in Finland.