Carbon dioxide (CO₂) is the most important man-made greenhouse gas, mostly because of the combustion of fossil fuels. Although the atmospheric concentration seems small–less than 0,05%–the rise of CO₂ has a major effect on the Earth’s climate, including global warming and the increase of extreme weather events. SRON plays a key role in the implementation and data exploitation of CO₂ monitoring missions. We support ESA and EUMETSAT with the implementation of the CO2M mission and we develop the Tango mission together with our Dutch partners ISIS Space, TNO, and KNMI.
SPEXone is a small multi-angle spectropolarimeter for the quantification of atmospheric aerosol. It provides a light-path correction for CO₂ quantification. It is a candidate instrument for the two ESA’s CO2M satellites to be launched in 2026.
The Twin Anthropogenic Greenhouse Gas Observers (TANGO) comprises two cubesats: TANGO-Carbon and TANGO-Nitro. It is a candidate mission of ESA’s SCOUT program to be launched in 2026.
We collaborate with climate researchers and modelers, and together contribute to the development of physical instruments and the promotion of scientific activities outside SRON.
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
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
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