Local universities to assist with satellite program to address climate change

By CityNews Kitchener Staff

The federal government is promising over $200 million to the Atmosphere Observing System (AOS) mission being led by NASA.

The announcement was made Tuesday by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

Slated to launch in 2028 and 2031, the multi-satellite mission will improve extreme weather prediction, climate modelling, and monitoring of disasters.

“Extreme weather events are increasing in frequency and intensity. The dynamics of our planet's atmosphere are changing. We need better environmental prediction to support adaptation and climate resilience. The AOS, including its Canadian contribution, will measure aerosols and clouds, and how they interact to impact Earth's weather and climate.” a news release explained.

The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University are part of the Canadian university consortium that will be helping out with the mission.

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