HERE’S WHY – There are a number of processes on the Earth that can only really be understood from a distance. This is why we at OHB build satellites, among other things, to monitor the Earth. These can be used to monitor the Earth’s weather patterns – but parameters can also be recorded that provide insights into climate change and the reasons behind it. We are currently implementing the CO2M mission here as part of Europe’s Copernicus program. The mission’s satellites will make it possible to measure the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and to differentiate between natural CO2 and emissions resulting from human activities.
HERE’S WHY – OHB and the University of Bremen maintain wide-ranging partnerships. The CO2M mission is the result of a collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Physics – IUP (Institut für Umweltphysik), which has been in place since 2010. A concept for a satellite system was developed in the Carbonsat joint study. This system can be used to measure the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere with high spatial and temporal resolution – making it an immediate predecessor of CO2M.