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Remote Sensing Group

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Led by Dr B.J. Kerridge

RAL’s Remote Sensing Group (RSG) has an international standing in atmospheric composition sounding from space, founded on its core expertise in radiative transfer modelling and retrieval scheme development. The Group has pioneered retrieval of tropospheric ozone and height-resolved methane and produces multi-year global data sets on ozone, methane (link opens in a new window), aerosol and clouds (link opens in a new window) in NERC’s National Centre for Earth Observation (link opens in a new window) (NCEO) and for ESA’s Climate Change Initiative (link opens in a new window).

Current research centres on increasing near-surface sensitivity of ozone and methane and derivation of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), for applications including air quality, surface flux estimation and ecosystem health. RSG is also involved in the development and testing of new instruments and defining instrument requirements for new satellites.

The Group works closely with partners in the national and international science community to exploit its datasets to test climate models and their representations of composition-climate interactions and surface-atmosphere interactions.  A near-real time chain is being established on JASMIN-CEMS (link opens in a new window) to support operational users such as Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service. The Group’s expertise covers spectrometry from UV through IR to millimetre wavelength and VIS/IR imagery. In parallel to exploiting existing data, the Group provides scientific direction and expert support to future satellite missions and precursor airborne instruments.

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