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Atmosphere services

BIRA-IASB generates high-quality scientific services and products that fulfill needs of the user community, across all its atmospheric research areas. Services such as:

  • volcanic emission warnings
  • air quality global analysis and prediction
  • stratospheric ozone forecasting
  • solar UV index analysis and forecasting
  • accumulated radiation dose prediction
  • space weather services

BIRA-IASB is also strongly involved in WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessments of Ozone Depletion and IPCC Assessment Reports.

We are proud to present a new introductory film, in which the Royal Belgian Institute is being presented in all its facets. Discover the many fields of research and societal challenges in which the Institute is active.
The TROPOMI satellite instrument has detected decreases in nitrogen dioxide pollution worldwide during the lockdown. In some parts of China, nitrogen dioxide pollution seems to have increased again, rising even slightly higher than previous years.
The largest hole in the ozone layer ever recorded over the North Pole. Unusual meteorological conditions are responsible.
Reality is complex. Here are a few scientific facts about air pollution and air quality. Not all kinds of air pollution will decrease.
The lockdown of various cities in the Chinese province of Hubei has an impact on air quality, clearly perceptible from space.
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.
Dormant since 1924, the Raikoke Volcano in the Kuril Island chain, near the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, recently awoke. Copernicus Sentinel-5P and Sentinel-3 satellites are giving vital information.
The Danish ASIM experiment was installed on the outside of the European Columbus module of the ISS.