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Welcome to the AURORA project!


The AURORA Call for Ideas is closed

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

The project was launched on 1 February 2016, with a 36-month duration. We now have a 6 month extension, to complete activities, so we’ll be working together till July 2019.

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

AURORA4Kids On-line

December 18, 2018
Remember we participated at New Scientist Live? We had such great feedback from people there and such fun with the children that we decided to make our material available on-line. And so, just like that, the AURORA4Kids page is born! Check it out, download the material and inspire the next

AURORA pilot project in Florence

December 6, 2018
An AURORA pilot project (called AIR-Portal 4 Florence), aimed at monitoring ozone concentrations in the Florence urban area, started in August 2018 and will run for 1 year. The first 3 months are dedicated to development, followed by a 3 month validation period. The actual operational pilot will

AURORA Call for Ideas closed

December 4, 2018
The AURORA Call for Ideas is now closed. Thanks for your interest in this challenge! Watch this space for updates on the Call and on AURORA

AURORA at the ESA Φ-weeK event

October 19, 2018
AURORA at the ESA Φ-weeK event The European Space Agency (ESA) is organising a Φ-week event focusing on EO Open Science and FutureEO. It will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN from 12-16 November 2018. The event will review the latest developments in Open Science trends and kick-start innovative activities

Getting to Know AURORA’s Partners: FLYBY

September 19, 2018
Flyby is an Italian aerospace SME, which specialises in the development of Decision Support Systems (DSSs) using cutting-edge technology in the field of Satellite Remote Sensing, Signal Processing and Big Data Analytics. The company was founded in 2001 with the aim to develop innovative solutions

AURORA @ New Scientist Live

August 29, 2018
AURORA is back from holidays and hard at work! Our scientists and technological experts are working hard (more updates on results soon!) and, in the meantime, we are delighted to announce that we will be at the New Scientist Live event in London, from 20-23 September 2018! Come down and visit our