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Chemical composition and climate

Changes in the Earth system induced by human activities and their impact on life and natural environment are arguably the greatest environmental challenge facing us in the twenty- first century.

In order to inform decision makers on climate change mitigation and adaptation, a systematic monitoring of the global atmosphere and climate system is needed.

BIRA-IASB is involved in several important international programmes and projects, such as:

  • ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI)
  • Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring (CAMS)
  • Climate Change Service (C3S)
Space-borne and ground-based instruments can detect such fires from space, as part of the Copernicus Earth Observation programme coordinated by the European Commission.
BIRA-IASB received official ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) label for the Maïdo station on Reunion Island.