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We are looking for a student to develop a server with webinterface for near real-time map visualization of mobileDOAS measurements of trace gas concentrations such as NO2. This could be done in the framework of a thesis or internship. The BIRA-IASB Aeromobil is a mobile remote sensing instrument, developed to measure trace gas concentrations which are strongly linked to air quality/pollution.

Division, context

Currently the collected measurements are mapped in a post-processing step. The webinterface or viewer would be a big asset during measurement campaigns in order to detect hotspots in near real-time and would additionally be used for communication purposes, e.g. demonstration during open days.

The Aeromobil PC runs a Wi-Fi hotspot, to which users can connect, and a webserver which is started automatically when the system boots. The webserver should monitor the measurements and update the interface in a browser as new results become available. For the maps, data can be used for example from OpenStreetMap, visualized using a javascript “slippy map” such as leaflet.js.

Required competences

  • Bachelor or Master study – ICT option
  • A general interest in atmospheric chemistry/physics, air quality and/or geoscience is an asset-Also a good understanding of English or French + Dutch is an asset
  • The student can choose the starting date of his internship
  • The duration should be a minimum of 1.5 months but can be extended to 3 months or even longer in the framework of a thesis

An office can be foreseen at BIRA-IASB, but the development can in principle be done from any location once a sample data set is provided.


For more information about this project you can contact:

Dr. Frederik Tack

Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB)
UV-Vis Remote Sensing Group
Ringlaan 3, 1180 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: + 32 (2) 89 09 870


Send a complete CV and an application letter with reference: “ D31_STUDENT ” to: