Category: Atmosphere

News and stories related to atmospheric science.

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/ 20 December 2018

First interferogram from Metop-C’s IASI instrument

On 14:19 on 10 December 2018, the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer on board Metop-C performed its first measurement.

/ 11 December 2018

Industrial and agricultural ammonia point sources exposed

The Atmospheric Spectroscopy Group at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) have been using the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) onboard Metop satellites to identify global ammonia hotspots, and they have kindly shared their findings with us.

/ 6 December 2018

Copernicus AtmosHack a success

On 16-18 November, 10 teams from across Europe participated in the Copernicus Hackathon challenge “Hack the Atmosphere” in Helsinki, Finland.

/ 23 November 2018

Why we need Metop-C – Observations from polar orbit benefit weather forecasting and climate monitoring on Earth

While Metop-C gets prepared for lift-off on the morning of 7 November, let’s take the time to look at the reasons for launching and operating such a complex system. What are the benefits for weather forecasting and climate monitoring? Why...

/ 21 September 2018

Forecasting fires – from Monchique to Mozambique and beyond

Is it possible to predict where a wildfire is likely to start? Or to say how ferociously it will burn before it has even ignited? Can satellite observations help?

/ 22 August 2018

C’s the day! Metop-C launch campaign begins

Metop-C – soon to become the latest addition to EUMETSAT’s fleet of meteorological satellites – is currently in Kourou, French Guiana, being prepared for launch in November.

/ 13 July 2018

Mapping carbon monoxide to aid air quality forecasts

Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless gas normally present in low concentrations in the air we breathe.

/ 3 July 2018

Observing wildfire smoke plumes from space

Recent wildfires in Chile had a devastating impact on the country, its people and the environment.

/ 16 February 2017