Rainforest deforestation is a major environmental challenge, causing loss of biodiversity, erosion and the release of stored carbon into the atmosphere contributing to climate change. Counteracting rainforest deforestation begins with monitoring individual events and finding the underlying primary drivers.
The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are major components within Earth's climate system, and improving our knowledge of their dynamics is critical to improve the understanding of climate change. The Surface Mass Balance (SMB) is the net mass balance of accumulation and ablation processes operating on the surface of the ice sheet.
Straylight is something which is exhibited in any system of lenses, and causes light to be scattered in hard-to-predict ways. In the ESA's Instrument Data Simulator (IDS) project for the Sentinel-4 satellite’s inside the UVN spectrometer there are two detectors we are simulating, it's the UVVIS and NIR. As with all optics, these are susceptible to a range of phenomena that need to be accounted for. For the past six months, we've been working on implementing a simulation of the phenomenon called straylight.