SRON’s Earth programme focuses on atmospheric measurements of the global carbon cycle (in particular CH4, CO₂ and CO) and aerosols. Our activities cover contributions to the full project cycle of space missions — from the proposal for a new mission, to the development of detector technology, to the design of the actual instruments, to the scientific analyses of the satellite data.
Responsible for ¼ of human-made greenhouse effect
About 30 times more powerful than CO₂ (GWP-100)
Large emissions from fossil fuel industry, landfills, livestock
Most important human-made greenhouse gas
Hard to monitor emissions because of long lifetime
Reactions with atmospheric gases contribute to global warming
Trace gas to calculate CO₂ emissions from forest fires
Small particles in the atmosphere
Largest unknown factor in climate change
Strong impact on air quality
We collaborate with climate researchers and modelers, and together contribute to the development of physical instruments and the promotion of scientific activities outside SRON.
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