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German ATMOS program
Author(s): Juergen Puls
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Paper Abstract

The German 'Atmospheric and Environmental Research Satellite, ATMOS'-program has been started in early 1989 under responsibility of the DLR. It is concerned with the measurement and analysis of atmospheric trace gases for the investigation of the ozone layer disturbance and the amplification of the greenhouse effect as well. Marine and terrestrial biosphere observation additionally is of great interest because of dramatically increasing human impact on the environment. The paper deals with the description of the scientific objectives of the ATMOS mission with focus on the tropospheric and stratospheric exchange processes, the chemistry of trace gases and the interaction of the biosphere and atmosphere. An optimized orbit concept is proposed and a comprehensive data management and information system is introduced. The space segment consists of a modular platform accommodated by a service module and a payload module with some growth potential to be open for involvement of international partners. The measurement principles of the four basic ATMOS instruments are described and their configurations are illustrated due to the present development status.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1490, Future European and Japanese Remote-Sensing Sensors and Programs, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46607
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Juergen Puls, German Aerospace Research Establishment (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1490:
Future European and Japanese Remote-Sensing Sensors and Programs
Philip N. Slater, Editor(s)

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