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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


May 9, 2018
Science and Technology BV (abbreviated to ST) is a contract Research and Development (R&D) organisation that forms the bridge between applied research and commercial products. ST is an international company, established in 2000 and now employing a hundred, highly-educated and bright people


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

Sentinel-3B launch coming soon

April 12, 2018
Don’t forget to be up and watching the launch of the Sentinel-3B on 25th April! Sentinel-3A, has been in orbit since February 2016,  measuring our oceans, land, ice and atmosphere. The information feeds a range of practical applications and is used for monitoring and understanding

The AURORA Call for Ideas is open!

March 27, 2018
Take part to win big, while helping society! What is the AURORA Call for Ideas? It is designed to engage European students in the debate about the use of satellite data to address today’s societal challenges. The competition is open to students from Secondary School level to University and PhD

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