With great sadness the AURORA team mourns the loss of William Lahoz, our colleague, advisor and inspiration. His knowledge and competences will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy to his family and relatives.


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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

AURORA in AMT special issue

September 23, 2019
Within the AURORA project, and additionally funded by ESA and the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO), Arno Keppens and colleagues from the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) have published an overview paper on the harmonization and comparison of atmospheric state

AURORA Final Conference in Florence

September 3, 2019
The H2020 AURORA project has come to its end. Over three years dedicated to high level scientific research and its application in 2 fields that are relevant to everyone on this planet: air quality and safe-sun exposure. Satellites already in orbit or soon to be launched by ESA, the European Space

AURORA in Brussels

February 4, 2019
Excited about 2 days in Brussels! Tomorrow is our Technical Review meeting with the European Commission – scary, but we’re ready! The day after, partners and Advisory Board members are hosted by our partner BIRA for our 6th progress meeting. Lots to talk about as the project rushes towards its

Market and applications for AURORA derived products

January 22, 2019
When AURORA looks at possibile applications, the focus is services utilising satellite data for preventive health care, especially in relation to air pollution and ultraviolet (UV) exposure. In this article, we provide a short overview of some of the commercial opportunities in relation to AURORA

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