AIM-North is an innovative satellite mission concept that is under consideration by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The mission is currently undergoing Phase 0 studies.
AIM-North would provide observations with an unprecedented combination of frequency, density and quality for monitoring greenhouse gases (GHGs), air quality (AQ), clouds and solar induced fluorescence (SIF) from vegetation in northern regions. AIM-North would use a constellation of two satellites in a highly elliptical orbit (HEO) formation, enabling observations over land from about 40-80°N, multiple times per day. Enhancing the mission with additional spectral bands could provide complementary observations for weather, climate and AQ research and operations. The project is a collaborative effort between Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), CSA, other federal and provincial government departments, Canadian academia, Canadian industry and international scientists.