One of the main activities of Atmospheric Science Group 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 Atmospheric Science Group. 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)

Atmospheric Science Group 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, Atmospheric Science Group 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 Atmospheric Science Group 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 Atmospheric Science Group 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)


PES1 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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Perpetual Environmental Station (Per Bengtssons Foundation)

The Urban 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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Urban Environmental Stations (Smart Cities pilots Grant)


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The North Pole Seminars

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PVT-GAMERS team attend training week at ESEC.

Members of the PVT-GAMERS experiment team, attended the ESA’s Gravity-related experiments training week.


Dr. Paul Overduin meets Atmospheric Science Group

Dr. Paul Overduin, from the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, (Germany) visited the Atmospheric Science Group last 9th January.


HABIT Electrical Test Model delivered!

Last December 2017, the Space Research Institute (IKI), gave the green light to the HABIT project to ship the Electrical Test Model to Russia.


Javier Martín-Torres to attend a Dream Chaser briefing

Javier Martín-Torres, head of the Atmospheric Science Group, is attending a briefing on the technical features of the Dream Chaser spacecraft.



Ultimate Mars; a panoramic review
The successive discoveries on Martian environment are unveiling a whole new world, significantly different from that depicted just a few years ago.


Martian winds
Although Mars is by far the best-known planet of the Solar System, there is a basic feature of its atmosphere dynamics about which, in contrast, there is a surprising lack of observational data: the wind.


The tricky development of HABIT
HABIT is a quite simple instrument in its very basic idea, whose main goal is to demonstrate and to monitor the formation of liquid aqueous solutions in the Martian soil.


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