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 four research 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 Weather Products: Space-based observations of the magnetosphere, numerical modeling, space weather applications.

Model Development and Space Innovations: Numerical simulations of Earth's magnetosphere and other planetary space environments, development of the electric sail.

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 Weather Products:
Head of Group, Ari Viljanen
p. +358-29-539 4668

Model Development and Space Innovations:
Head of Group, Sebastian von Alfthan
+358 50 361 8196
Kirsi Virolainen p. +358-29-539 4147
fax +358 29 539 3146