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Aeolus DISC consortium
Aeolus DISC consortium

The Aeolus DISC (Data, Innovation, and Science Cluster) is the core element in ESA's data quality framework for the Aeolus mission, comprised of an international expert consortium to study and improve the data quality of Aeolus products.

The tasks of the Aeolus DISC include:

  • Aeolus instrument performance monitoring
  • Calibration and characterization of Aeolus measurements
  • Algorithm refinement and processor evolution
  • Quality monitoring of Aeolus level 1B and level 2 data products
  • Validation of Aeolus scientific level 2 data products
  • On-site mission support for the Aeolus data processing performed by ESA
  • Aeolus Cal/Val and product user support and communication activities
  • Support to the synthesis of Cal/Val results from independent Cal/Val teams
  • Impact assessment of Aeolus for numerical weather prediction

The Aeolus DISC's mission experts and expert centres have long track records in supporting and contributing to Aeolus, covering instrumental aspects, laser-atmosphere interaction, aircraft campaigns, calibration and validation, wind product and processor development, as well as the development of optical, aerosol and cloud processors and products.

Aeolus DISC tasks
Aeolus DISC tasks

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this project, contact:

Aeolus DISC Scientific Coordinator and Technical Project Manager
Oliver Reitebuch:
German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR)
Institute of Atmospheric Physics

Aeolus DISC Project Manager
Isabell Krisch:
German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR)
Institute of Atmospheric Physics

Aeolus DISC Technical Officer
Jonas von Bismarck:
European Space Agency (ESA)

The Aeolus DISC project is funded by ESA through contract No. 4000126336/18/I-BG.


The Aeolus DISC consortium comprises eight partners:

  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • DoRIT
  • the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
  • the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
  • the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)
  • ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB)
  • Science [&] Technology BV (s[&]t)
  • Serco

Further, Aeolus DISC is supported by three consultants:

  • Physics Solutions
  • IB Reissig
  • Optical & Lidar Associates (OLA)
Aeolus DISC team
Aeolus DISC team