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Lidar Emitter and Multispecies greenhouse gases Observation iNstrument

Objective

LEMON will provide a new versatile Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) sensor concept for greenhouse gases and water vapour measurements from space.
During the last climate conference in Paris in December 2015, climate-warning limits have been discussed and agreed upon. In such frame, the need for a European satellite-borne observation capacity to monitor CO2 emissions at global, European and country scales has been identified, as stated by the Copernicus report “Towards European operational observing system monitor fossil CO2 emissions”.
New space missions are now being used (GOSAT, AIRS, IASI, …) or planned (OCO, IASI-NG, MicroCarb, MERLIN, …) for CO2 and/or CH4. Given the technical challenges, they are up to now mainly based on passive (high resolution spectrometers) instruments, Lidar instrument-based mission (MERLIN) is currently in development in Europe to probe methane only.
Therefore, the main goal of LEMON is to develop a versatile instrument, able to target CO2, CH4 and water vapour stable isotopes (H216O and HDO only, from now on referred to as water vapour or H2O and HDO explicitly) with a single laser emitter.
The consortium consists of ONERA (FR), FAUNHOFFER (DE), CNRS (FR), KTH (SE), SPACETECH (DE), UiB (NO), INNOLAS (DE) and L-UP (FR). It has full expertise at Earth Observation technologies (from receiver, data acquisition, instrument control and versatile emitter) and is therefore able to fully explore, understand and validate the aforementioned advantages. The consortium is highly motivated to set-up and perform demonstrations at all instrument levels in order to showcase the project results. This will include the instrument set-up, TRL6 instrument validation, airborne demonstrations and CO2, CH4, H2O isotopes measurements, as well as roadmaps and preliminary experiments towards space operation.
The LEMON total grant request to the EC is 3 374 725€ for the whole consortium and the project will be conducted within 54 months.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPACE-2018
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Coordinator

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 807 381,25

Participants (7)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 675 837,50
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 252 495
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 322 098,75
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SPACETECH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 513 962,50
Address
Seelbachstrasse 13
88090 Immenstaad Am Bodensee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 419 043,75
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INNOLAS LASER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 250 718,75
Address
Justus Von Liebig Ring 8
82152 Krailling
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
L - UP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 133 187,50
Address
Avenue De Friedland 32
75008 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)