The central aim of the Aeolus mission is to further our knowledge of the Earth's atmosphere and weather systems. By recording and monitoring the weather in different parts of the world, Aeolus will allow scientists to build complex models of our environment, which can then be used to help predict how that environment will behave in the future.
These predictions will be useful in the short-term, since they can be applied to Numerical Weather Prediction in order to make forecasts more accurate. The Aeolus mission will thus improve our knowledge of all sorts of weather phenomena, from global warming to the effects of pollution.
The measurement data will allow achievement of the primary goals of Aeolus:
The secondary mission objectives are related to the provision of data sets for model variation and short-term "wind climatologies" allowing experts to:
(*) PBL = planetary boundary layer
This table outlines the measurement requirements for the Aeolus mission. These are based on information gained from the WCRP and other organisations, which specify the accuracy and complexity of data required by the scientific and meteorological community.
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