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AURORA – Advanced Ultraviolet Radiation and Ozone Retrieval for Applications – is a space research project funded by the European Community‘s H2020 programme in the field of Earth Observation.

The project was launched on 1 February 2016, with a 36-month duration.

AURORA’s overall objective is to use the different tools of the Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 missions of the Copernicus programme to monitor the profile of ozone in the atmosphere with unprecedented accuracy. In particular, it covers the lower layers of the atmosphere over Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, where ozone action acts as a pollutant and as a greenhouse gas.

The project will use innovative methods to combine the information measured by the various tools, short-term forecasting models, a web-GIS that will allow access to data and a database with state of the art techniques for big-data management. This combination will stimulate development of innovative downstream applications with high commercial potential.

The project will develop two examples of commercial applications in the field of preventive health care, based on near real time monitoring and on short-term forecasts of ozone pollution. The first deals with ozone pollution in the lowermost layers of the atmosphere and the second with dosimetry of UV radiation.

How can AURORA help to measure AIR QUALITY?

What can AURORA do to improve UV RADIATION measurement?

Our Updates

AURORA 4th Project Meeting – Brussels

February 8, 2018
The AURORA project held its 4th Project Meeting in Belgium on 24/25 January 2018. It was held at the headquarters of AURORA partner, the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy BIRA-IASB. With initial results starting to emerge, partners discussed the best means of ensuring that project’s integrated

Getting to know AURORA partners: DataCraft

January 11, 2018
The opportunities to generate commercial business with satellite imagery has grown considerably over the years. Primary reasons for this trend are that more satellites have been launched, the quality of the data has improved, and the costs of the data have decreased. However, there is still a gap

AURORA in GIM International

December 12, 2017
AURORA has published an article in the journal GIM-International regarding the objectives and applications of AURORA. Special emphasis is given to applications in the Health Sector, one of the many and diverse sectors that AURORA could have an impact on. Read the full article

Getting to know AURORA partners: ECMWF

November 15, 2017
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an international organisation based in Reading (UK), supported by 34 Member and Cooperating States (full list available here). ECMWF’s principal objectives are preparation, on a regular basis, of medium-range and long-range

Getting to know AURORA Partners: KNMI

October 20, 2017
Let’s starting getting to know some of AURORA’s Partners a bit better, starting with the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI). Within AURORA, KNMI is a key player in data assimilation and forecasting and in implementation of the Prototype Data Processor. KNMI is the Dutch national

Sentinel-5P satellite launch

October 13, 2017
The air quality monitoring Sentinel-5P satellite is set for launch from Russia on 13 October at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). Follow the launch via live webstream. AURORA partners have been involved in this historic moment. The Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) takes part in the