Premier Impact study
Premier - Quantification of Atmospheric Pollution and Climate Aspects
IEK-7 coordinates the ESA-funded project "Premier - Quantification of Atmospheric Pollution and Climate Aspects" also referred to as "Premier Impact Study". PREMIER will be the first mission to generate atmospheric trace gas fields at a resolution high enough to study stratosphere-troposphere exchange, tropical convection, the Asian monsoon, pyroconvection, and long-range transport of air pollution (and associated chemical conversions).
Therefore the prime objectives of the "Premier Impact Study" are
- to demonstrate the capability of PREMIER to quantify key processes controlling global atmospheric composition in the mid/upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (5-25 km height range), which is a region of particular importance for climate change and
- to demonstrate the added value of PREMIER-type observations for validation of chemistry-climate models (CCM) and data assimilation systems used for numerical weather prediction (NWP).
The "Premier Impact Study" led by IEK-7 is carried out in cooperation with eight partner institutes: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS-GAME and CNRS-LISA), German Aerospace Center (DLR) Oberpfaffenhofen, Environment Canada, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), York University Toronto, and WxPrime corporation (Toronto), together with a group of international scientific experts.