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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 Call for Ideas – Deadline extended!

July 13, 2018
By popular demand, we have decided to extend the deadline for the Call for Ideas! Interested applicants now have until 30th November to submit their fabulous ideas for applications to use satellite data. Access all the necessary information


July 12, 2018
AURORA is really excited to see the first data coming from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite. Following months of tests and careful evaluation, the first data on air pollutants have been released. These first maps show a range of trace gases that affect air quality such as carbon monoxide,

AURORA on Open Access Government

July 2, 2018
A profile of the AURORA project has been published in the July 2018 issueof the magazine Open Access Government (pp. 178-179) The article, written by AURORA’s Principle Investigator Ugo Cortesi (CNR-IFAC), discusses the use of stmospheric data from space, and how to move from research to

AURORA @ ArcGIS Meeting Athens

May 22, 2018
An overview of the AURORA project was presented at the 26th Panhellenic ArcGIS Meeting, held in Crown Plaza hotel, Athens (Greece) on 10 & 11 May 2018. This meeting provided the opportunity for the Greek GIS community to disseminate and share new ideas, and developments in GIS. The


May 9, 2018
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April 20, 2018
The current challenges related to the AURORA project were presented at The European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018 in the second week of April in Vienna. This international meeting provides the main European forum for the dissemination of new research and technological development in geo