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The Sentinel-5p+ Innovation activity is motivated by potential novel scientific developments and applications that may emerge from the exploitation of the Copernicus Sentinel-5p mission data. This satellite mission is dedicated to the precise monitoring of the Earth’s atmosphere with a highlight on tropospheric composition. The Sentinel-5p spacecraft was launched in October 2017, where fills the gap from the past SCanning Imaging Absorption SpectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY (SCIAMACHY) instrument on ESA's Envisat satellite, via the yet active Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) carried on NASA's Aura mission to the future Sentinel-5

The overarching objectives of this Sentinel-5p+ Innovation project are:

  • To develop a solid scientific basis for the application of Sentinel-5p data within the context of novel scientific and operational applications;
  • To develop a number of novel products and retrieval methods that exploit the potential of the Sentinel-5p mission’s capabilities beyond its primary objectives;
  • To define strategic actions for fostering a transition of the target methods and models developed in this project from research to operational activities;
  • To maximise the scientific return and benefits from the Sentinel-5p mission.

The Sentinel-5p+ Innovation project addresses seven themes related to atmospheric composition and ocean colour:

The individual project themes have been kicked-off end June/beginning of July 2019 and will run for 24 months.