One of the main activities of the Group of Atmospheric Science is Mars Exploration. We are studying the Mars’ environment as well as its relevance for the design and operation of present and future missions to Mars.

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Mars Research

Find out all about the HABIT (HAbitability, Brine Irradiation and Temperature) instrument, selected as European payload element for the surface platform of the ESA/IKI ExoMars 2020 mission to Mars and under development at LTU.

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HABIT / ExoMars

Scientific exploitation of data from Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS, one of the instruments on board NASA’s Curiosity rover), is one of the current works of the Group of Atmospheric Science. Gain access to REMS data and papers produced from them here.

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REMS / Curiosity

MarsLab is a Martian environmental simulator to be installed at Luleå University of Technology, which is under construction with the aim of becoming a cornerstone in the HABIT instrument development, as well as a reference facility for the further exploration of Mars.

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INSPIRE Lab and MarsLab
(Kempe funded)

The Group of Atmospheric Science leads de development of the LIFE project (Learning to Interpret Features from Exoplanets), planed in collaboration with Cambridge’s Institute for Astrobiology, and which entails the creation of an Expert Centre for Radiative Transfer and Retrieval.

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Exoplanet Research
(Wallenberg & Kempe funded)

In order to improve the analytical capacity of remote sensing and the reliability of retrieval processes applied to data collected from them, the Group of Atmospheric Science performs in situ ice cloud measurements by means of sounding balloons launched from Esrange Space Center, Kiruna.

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In-situ cloud microphysics
(SNSB funded)

This project is aimed to improve the forecasting capability of WRF model in the arctic region, and in particular in the area of Esrange Space Center, in order to optimize the activity of the launch base.

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Wind Forecast at Esrange
(SNSB funded)

LTU’s Group of Atmospheric Science is a member of the Nordic Wind Energy Center, intended to support the development of the wind industry from the knowledge gathered so far by several Nordic universities.

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Nordic Wind Energy Center
(EU funded)

SWASDAG is an international project proposed by the Group of Atmospheric Science at Luleå University of Technology, and funded by the Swedish Council for Scientific Research (Vetenskapsrådet)

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(Vetenskapsrådet funded)

The Far-Infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM), has been selected by ESA as one of the next missions to be developed within its Living Planet programme, devoted to observing Earth from space.

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FORUM project

IGOSP (Integrated Global Observing System for Persistent Pollutants) project, is framed in the Strand-3 of the wider ERA-Planet programme, and is aimed to develop a real-time monitoring system to check the quality of the environment.

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IGOSP project
(ERC H2020 funded)

NoICE (Nordic Icing Center of Expertise) is a joint project funded by Interreg Botnia-Atlantica and aimed to palliate the problems caused to infraestructures and services by atmospheric icing in the Arctic region.

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NoIce Project
(European Research Council)


S3ME2 is the second prototype of a device thought to autonomously gathering environmental data for unlimited periods of time. It is being built at LTU, and will be installed in Iceland, where it will be used to support earthquakes precursors analysis while being tested.

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(Per Bengtssons Foundation)

The Luleå Environmental Monitoring Stations project, which will be tested in a pilot programme in Luleå, is aimed to the implementation of a system for controlling the environment quality in smart cities.

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(Smart Cities pilots Grant)


GAS PhD. Student Thasshwin Mathanlal selected as Luleå University of Technology representative in the 2019 Global Swede Award.

Student Thasshwin Mathanlal has been selected as international representative student from Luleå University of Technology. He will participate in a ceremony arranged by the Swedish Institute and The Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm on 21st of May.

GAS Science Communication Strategy in Academia

The Group of Atmospheric Science has been invited by the prestigious School of Journalism and Mass Communications of San Jose State University to share its science communication strategy.

PhD. Arduino Course in LTU; a new way to build instruments and collect data

From January 14th to march 20th Professor David J. Cuartielles of Malmö University has imparted the Course “Introduction to software and electronics for instrumentation and data collection” to eleven LTU PhD. Students.

Impacts of bolides in the atmosphere may have caused the abiotic nitrogen fixation on Mars as nitrates

Dr. Rafael Navarro-González and his team at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, has demonstrated with experimental and theoretical models, that asteroid impacts on ancient Mars could have produced, fixed nitrogen, one of the main ingredients for life if the Martian atmosphere was rich in hydrogen.

GAS participation in the European COST meeting on CHEMOBRIONICS

The Post-Doctoral Scholar Elizabeth Escamilla Roa from GAS, participated in this meeting where she presented her work about a plausible mechanism of carbonate formation on Mars.

Planetary Protection activities on HABIT

GAS researchers are now implementing the activities required to comply with the planetary protection protocols recommended by the European Cooperation for Space Standardization.



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