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European Unified Research on Observations of Venus using co-ordinated Space- and Earth-based facilities

Objective

The goal of this project is to investigate in detail the dynamics and composition of the middle and lower atmosphere of Venus by combining data from Venus Express instruments (VIRTIS, VMC) with simultaneous data acquired from several ground-based telescope facilities. The project will perform coordinated observations to provide a detailed analysis of dynamical and chemical couplings between different levels of the atmosphere that are probed simultaneously by different instruments. It is time critical in the context of (1) the extension of the Venus Express (VEx) mission until the end of 2014 and with the possibility of only 1-2 years beyond; (2) the expertise and coordination in wind and trace species measurements developed in our institutions, currently unique in the world; (3) the availability of new techniques of ground-based investigation of Venus' atmosphere, which will benefit from coordination and cross-calibration with in-orbit Venus Express payload instruments.

Venus is Earth’s closest sibling, but it has ended up with a radically different climate. Venus atmospheric science is thus increasingly important in an era in which we are trying to understand the divergent evolutionary outcomes for terrestrial planets, whether we are considering the future of our Earth or the habitability in other solar systems. The European Space Agency’s Venus Express is the only spacecraft at Venus – prior to Venus Express, the last Venus orbiter was launched in 1989 – so European scientists now lead the world in Venus research (in marked contrast to the status for most other planets). This project will (a) enhance the legacy of Venus Express data through cross-validation with complementary ground-based telescopic observations; (b) position European ground-based researchers to continue to lead Venus research after the end of the Venus Express mission, and (c) strengthen the position of European researchers in the emerging field of comparative planetology.

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS
Address
Avenue De L Observatoire 61
75014 Paris
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 609 786,01
Administrative Contact
Mathieu Jacques (Mr)

Participants (5)

INSTITUT ROYAL D'AERONOMIE SPATIALEDE BELGIQUE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 339 570
Address
Avenue Circulaire 3
1180 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ann Carine Vandaele (Dr)
FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA FP
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 322 087,31
Address
Campo Grande Edificio C1 Piso 3
1749 016 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lívia Moreira (Mrs)
RHEINISCHES INSTITUT FUER UMWELT-FORSCHUNG AN DER UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 478 536
Address
Aachener Strasse 209
50931 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Martin Paetzold (Dr)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 241 071,68
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stephen Conway (Dr)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 193 636
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sophie Descahintres (Mrs)