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ASIM

Introduction

The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) will study the Earth's atmosphere as one system, from the surface of the Earth to the edge of space. The atmosphere is the thin layer that covers the planet and protects life on our journey through space.

 

ASIM will observe extreme thunderstorms, water vapor, clouds, aerosols and their interplay in the atmosphere.

The mission is realized through the European Space Agency (ESA). The National Space Institute - Danish Technical University provides the scientific leadership, and the Danish company Terma the technical leadership. Other major partners include the University of Valencia in Spain and the University of Bergen in Norway, who are involved in the development of the instruments.

 

DTU Space provides the scientific management on this project and delivers a package of instruments (2 cameras, 3 photometers and one X- and gamma-ray detector) which is to be placed on the International Space Station,

ASIM is a number of specially designed cameras for the International Space Station that will observe the Earth's atmosphere. ASIM will give new insights into climate processes that can help improve climate models.


Research

ASIM research has three themes: Climate processes, the interplay of the atmosphere with the Earth's surface and changes to the atmosphere from space processes.

Click to read more about each theme:

 

Climate processes


  • Thunderstorms
  • Electrical discharges in the stratosphere and mesosphere
  • X- and gamma-radiation from thunderstorms
  • Water vapor transport
  • Cloud nucleation
  • Gravity waves
  • Noctilucent clouds
  • The dynamics of the upper atmosphere

Earth's surface and the atmosphere
  • Hurricanes
  • Dust storms
  • Volcanoes
  • Forest fires

Interactions of space processes with the atmosphere
  • Comets and meteors
  • NO from solar radiation
  • Thunderstorm interactions with the ionosphere and magnetosphere
  • Aurora

 

Measurements from other satellites and instrumentation on the ground and on aircraft or balloons will also be used.

 

Projects

ATMOSPHERE-SPACE INTERACTIONS MONITOR. FABRICACION DEL MODELO DE VUELO Y RETORNO CIENTIFICO CONTRIBUCION DE LA UPC 

Investigador/es responsable/es: Juan Montaña Puig

Entidad/es financiadora/s: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO)

Cód. según financiadora: ESP2013-48032-C5-3-R
Fecha de inicio: 01/01/2014

ATMOSPHERE-SPACE INTERACTIONS MONITOR
Investigador/es responsable/es: Juan Montaña Puig

Entidad/es financiadora/s: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN)
Cód. según financiadora: AYA2011-29936-C05-04
Fecha de inicio: 01/01/2012

ATMOSPHERE-SPACE INTERACTIONS MONITOR. CONTRIBUCION DE LA UPC

Investigador/es responsable/es: Juan Montaña Puig
Entidad/es financiadora/s: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN)
Cód. según financiadora: 7002009-14027-C05-05
Fecha de inicio: 01/01/2010

GRI: Gamma-ray Imaging: Contribución de la UPC

Investigador/es responsable/es: Juan Montaña Puig

Entidad/es financiadora/s: Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología

Cód. según financiadora: ESP2007-66542-C04-02

Fecha de inicio: 01/10/2007