Solar Irradiance studies for climate change
Responsible person: Steven Dewitte
Long term monitoring of the solar irradiance for climate change studies.
Goals for 2009-2010
- Launch preparation of SOVAP radiometer for flight on PICARD with foreseen launch in
November 2009 - February 2010 time frame.
After SOVAP launch: SOVAP instrument testing during commissioning activities, first validation
SOVAP flight processing software, first validation scientific results. A first journal paper with
the basic validation results is expected to be submitted for review one year after the first solar
Processing and analysis of measurements of DIARAD radiometer on SOHO.
Refurbishment of SOVAP QM radiometer.
Temporary integration of SOVAP QM radiometer in 'Picard-Sol' at CERGA for safe non-standard flight
instrument operation testing and for ground solar measurements
Measurement campaign with SOVAP QM radiometer at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica station
during 2010-2011 Southern Hemisphere summer season.
Refurbishment and re-characterisation of SOVA1 radiometer which has flight heritage from 1992
Eureca space flight.
Contribute to international radiometer comparison for resolving absolute scale difference between
TIM and other radiometers. Laboratory comparison of SOVA 1 with cryogenic radiometer at LASP.
Continue SIMBA instrument design, feasability and optimisation studies.
Built prototypes of SIMBA instrument and make laboratory tests of critical elements for instrument accuracy.
Start SIMBA-OUFTI cubesat satellite integration study.