Atmospheric science

Our atmosphere, the invisible layer of gas surrounding the Earth, sustains life as we know it. It provides the air that we breathe, redistributes water and warmth, and shields us from harmful radiation. It is important that we understand and monitor the atmosphere – what it is made of, how it interacts with different ecosystems, and how it is changing and influencing Earth's climate.

Studying the atmosphere with space technology

Satellites are essential for studying Earth's atmosphere. From space, we are able to measure and monitor ozone, water vapour, pollution, aerosols and clouds on a global scale. This information supports research and international efforts to ensure a more sustainable future by:

Discover 12 research projects that are using satellite data to study the atmosphere

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is supporting 12 research teams who will use space-based observations to advance their work. They will investigate hot issues like air quality, ozone depletion and greenhouse gases.

The results of their work will contribute to our understanding of the atmosphere and could improve environment forecasting and prediction capabilities to help increase our resilience to climate change.

Satellites and instruments

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