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Remote Sensing of Climate Processes in the Atmosphere with High Spatial Resolution

On 25 and 26 February 2009, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Programme Board for Earth Observation (PB-EO) selected three Earth observation missions for which feasibility studies were to be carried out between 2009 and 2012. These three proposed missions were chosen from among twenty-six proposals in a selection process which started in 2005. One of the shortlisted projects is the PREMIER mission focusing on studying the interactions between chemistry and climate.

PREMIER Logo from the European Space Agency (ESA)PREMIER Logo from the European Space Agency (ESA)

Together with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), IEK-7 is in charge of developing the concept for PREMIER, in particular regarding the realization of an as yet unachieved spatial resolution of the data obtained in observations by means of innovative detector fields. Instrument development for PREMIER is supported by prototypes designed for research aircraft (HALO, Geophysica) and balloons that IEK-7 is working on together with the Central Technology Division (ZAT) and Central Institute for Electronics (ZEL) of Forschungszentrum Jülich and in cooperation with KIT. IEK-7 also coordinates four accompanying ESA scientific and technical studies. About ten international partners from several countries (France, UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Canada, USA, South Korea) contribute to both the “science impact study” and the “gravity waves study”. These studies are supported by campaign activities (Geophysica) also coordinated by IEK-7.