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Research and public service in the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere of the Earth and other planets, and of outer space.

The Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy is currently working on an innovative optical system that will allow to determine concentrations of pollutants (SO2, NO2 and CO2) in ship plumes in a radius of about 5km around the measuring instrument.

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service’s (CAMS) global system, which delivers daily global atmospheric composition analyses and forecasts, has undergone yesterday a major upgrade. The system now accounts for detailed chemical processes not only in the troposphere but also in the stratosphere, the upper layer of the atmosphere which contains the ozone layer.

Catalina Poraicu, a PhD researcher in atmospheric modelling at our Institute, was selected for the fourth edition of Soapbox Science Brussels, an event that aims to bring scientists and the public in direct contact, stimulate interest in scientific research and raise the visibility of female and non-binary researchers.

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) has revealed how oddly ‘light’ carbon monoxide forms in Mars’ atmosphere. The finding paints a better picture of how carbon-containing matter can be formed on the Red Planet without life, and helps clarify a puzzling discovery made by NASA’s Curiosity rover last year.

Today, ACTRIS was established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium for state-of-the-art data and services in atmospheric research.

From April 20 until June 25, an urban and contemporary art exhibition has opened in Ixelles, Brussels, inspired by science and with contributions from a few BIRA-IASB scientists.