The International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (iCACGP) workshop entitled “Atmospheric Observations from the International Space Station” was hosted by the Institute of Environmental Physics of the University of Bremen.
The workshop was held on 06-08 February 2013 at the Hotel Munte in Bremen, Germany.
The conference programm is available (5.2.2013).
Please note the press release: german / english (4.2.2013).
The presentations of the conference are now online (24.5.2013).
The first application of remote sensing of atmospheric constituents from space based platforms marked the beginning of a pioneering age demonstrating the capabilities of global observation of atmospheric constituents and parameters from space.
Having recognized the value of these measurements, a transition to an operational system suitable for atmospheric research, numerical weather, and environmental prediction has begun.
The needs for this system have been described in the CEOS (Committee on Earth Observation Satellites), IGOS (Integrated Global Observing Strategy), IGACO (Integrated Global Atmospheric Chemistry Observations), and CARBON reports with the requirements for observations of “essential climate variables” being defined within GCOS (Global Climate Observing System).
However, the rate of progress in developing new missions towards an effective observational system that can meet the needs of the scientific research community and provide the evidence base for the attribution of environmental and climate change is too slow compared to the rate of the increase of population and the resultant pressures on the Sun Earth Atmosphere system.
The recent sudden and unexpected loss of the European Space Agency ESA's ENVISAT has significantly reduced the global observation possibilities for atmospheric constituents and parameters. Furthermore, the NASA satellites AURA, AQUA, and TERRA are now well beyond their guaranteed lifetimes. The International Space Station ISS thus offers a unique low orbit and sun asynchronous viewing geometry for atmospheric research.
This workshop aims to assess needs of the community for the remote sensing of atmospheric constituents and parameters, and their practical implementation on board the ISS. A report will be compiled summarizing our conclusions.