Getting laser instruments into space


Improving the accuracy of climate models requires mapping concentrations of different greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere with higher resolution. Active remote sensors based on advanced LIDARs placed on satellites in low-Earth orbit would provide vastly increased performance than possible with today’s passive instruments. Getting those instruments on space-borne platforms represents substantial technical challenges. The talk will overview the development efforts by European partners, including KTH, funded by European Space Agency, European Defence Agency, and European Commission, towards the space-borne multispecies greenhouse gas measurement platform.