About the program:
The Space Science research activities of faculty members in Earth and Atmospheric Science largely focus on studies of the optical aeronomy, dynamics and chemistry of the upper atmosphere and the near Earth space environment. Optical aeronomy is a discipline that deals with the effects of light on the atmosphere and the generation of light by the atmosphere. This light can manifest itself as the phenomena known as the airglow and the aurora (i.e., the Northern Lights). Our interest in these phenomena is both fundamental and applied and much of the research activity is directed towards developing remote sensing techniques that exploit the airglow and aurora to measure temperatures, winds and the chemical composition of the atmosphere using observations made from the ground, rockets and particularly satellite platforms.
Members of the Department are actively involved in a number of international space science projects such as the Canadian OSIRIS instrument on the Swedish / Canadian / French / Finnish Odin Satellite. Lassonde’s faculty are also involved in the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) on Canada’s first Sci Sat-1 mission and the design of the SWIFT instrument.