Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere

The Atmospheric Remote Sensing Group participates in several satellite instrument projects that address the atmospheric composition and dynamics. In addition to the data, also several models are being developed and utilized to improve our understanding of the atmopsheric processes, especially in the polar regions.

Left: EOS-Aura satellite. Right: modelled ozone in the northern polar region in 1.1.2004.

Specific reseach topics include the remote sensing of the atmospheric chemistry for suporting air quality and climate research, role of the middle atmopshere in changing climate, impact of energetic particles in the middle atmosphere, stratospheric ozone, and gravity waves and turbulence in the middle atmosphere. New mathematical and statistical methods are developed to solve the inverse problems associated with the indirect satellite measurements.

The group has the the overall responsibility of the Finnish products of the Dutch-Finnish Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on-board NASA’s EOS-Aura satellite. The group hosts the OMI co-Principal Investigator position.

The group leads the EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility (SAF) for Ozone and Atmospheric Chemistry.

The group participates in the Envisat/GOMOS Quality Working Group work and is a member of the OSIRIS Science Advisory Group.