According to Canada’s Northern Strategy, the North is part of our heritage, our future and our identity as a country. Imaging northern regions from AIM-North would contribute to protecting our environmental heritage in the region, which is a key priority in the Northern Strategy. AIM-North would contribute to world-leading Arctic science and technology, which underpin the Northern Strategy and help to enable sound decision-making.

Canada’s Space Policy Framework has 5 principles:

  1. Canadian Interests First
  2. Positioning the Private Sector at the Forefront of Space Activities
  3. Progress Through Partnerships
  4. Excellence in Key Capabilities
  5. Inspiring Canadians

AIM-North relates to all of these principles including supporting Canada’s interests in the North along with the rest of our vast land area; a strong partnership between government, the private sector and universities; and application of Canadian technology to support important science that would inspire Canadians.

The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Atmospheric Composition Virtual Constellation (AC-VC) group is coordinating a virtual constellation of three GEO satellites complemented by LEO satellites for air quality and a constellation for GHGs is now also beginning to form. AIM-North could observe the same species (many of which are considered Essential Climate Variables or ECVs) in a quasi-geostationary manner over the Arctic and adjacent high latitude land regions. This would extend the constellation for science, to support policy and to contribute to the intercalibration of GEO missions.