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Our scientific opportunities support the community through six distinct modes of operation. Links to proposal templates or on-line submission forms are provided for each individual tool.

Find explanations, forms of applications and an overview of current and past activities.


Volume SR 17

Ionospheric Multi-Spacecraft Analysis Tools

This volume provides a comprehensive toolbox of analysis techniques for ionospheric multi-satellite missions. The immediate need for this volume was motivated by the ongoing ESA Swarm satellite mission, but the tools that are described are general and can be used for any future ionospheric multi-satellite mission with comparable instrumentation.


M.W. Dunlop, H. Lühr

  • ISBN: 978-3-030-26731-5
  • Published: November 2019
Volume SR 15

Earth Observation Open Science and Innovation

Global experts present the future of Earth observation technologies
Offers key insights into how the digital transformation is affecting the space industry, and its application in sectors such as energy, mobility, security, and health
Enables the reader to stay ahead of inevitable change and to learn how to positively impact the world with innovative applications of open data


P.P. Mathieu, Ch. Aubrecht

  • ISBN: 978-3-319-65632-8
  • Published: January 2018
Volume SR 16

Air Pollution in Eastern Asia: An Integrated Perspective

Includes fundamental information for policy-makers, environmental managers and other practitioners
Discusses application of concepts related to atmospheric chemistry and meteorology to real air pollution situations
Presents the use of satellite information together with surface measurements and models to address air pollution events
Presents guidelines for future actions to mitigate air pollution


I. Bouarar, X. Wang, G.P. Brasseur

  • ISBN: 978-3-319-59488-0
  • Published: September 2017
Volume SR 14

Inventing a Space Mission

Describes the story of one of the most successful space missions in astronomy, the Herschel Space Observatory, from early design to scientific achievement
Takes an interdisciplinary approach presenting a study conducted by space scientists, astrophysicists, managers of space missions, philosophers and historians of technology
Showcases the first application of the concept of "Innovation", both in technology and management to a major space astronomical telescope
Discusses ideas about knowledge management of large industrial projects, both for professional and educational purposes


V. Minier, R.M. Bonnet, V. Bontems, T. de Graauw, M. Griffin, F. Helmich, G. Pilbratt, S. Volonte

  • ISBN: 978-3-319-60023-9
  • Published: July 2017
Volume SR 13

Cross-Calibration of Far UV Spectra of Solar System Objects and the Heliosphere

Discusses various fields of Far UV spectroscopy, ranging from a catalog of stellar spectra to detailed modeling and measurements of the interplanetary background
Presents various types of data sets and different techniques for calibration based on SI-traceable calibration standards
Provides correction factors for coping with inconsistencies resulting from independently calibrated experiments


E. Quémerais, M. Snow, R.-M. Bonnet

  • ISBN: 978-1-4614-6383-2
  • Published: April 2013
Volume SR 12

Physics of Collisionless Shocks – Space Plasma Shock Waves

Presents the first comprehensive book on collisionless shocks since the 1980s
Offers a unique and excellently illustrated course on shock wave physics and applications
Provides an in-depth look at shocks and serves as an almost complete reference for space scientists and astrophysicists


A. Balogh, R.A. Treumann

  • ISBN: 978-1-4614-6098-5
  • Published: January 2013
Volume SR 11

Towards Understanding the Climate of Venus

Provides a historical account of the exploration of Venus by American, Russian and European space missions
Gives an up-to-date overview of recent observational results from the ESA Venus Express Mission
Presents a comprehensive summary of numerical modeling of the Venus atmosphere, including its super-rotation


L. Bengtsson, R.-M. Bonnet, D. Grinspoon, S. Koumoutsaris, S. Lebonnois, D. Titov

  • ISBN: 978-1-4614-5063-4
  • Published: December 2012
Volume SR 10

Monitoring Atmospheric Water Vapour

Covers all the different techniques of remote sensing and monitoring of atmospheric water vapour
Provides fact sheets summarizing the main strengths and limits of the techniques
Provides fact sheets about individual instruments that are operated on a long term monitoring basis, which contributes to the investigation of trend studies in climate change


N. Kämpfer

  • ISBN: 978-1-4614-3908-0
  • Published: September 2012
Volume SR 9

Observing Photons in Space

Covers all spectral domains used for observing astrophysical objects and phenomena in space
Presents extensive details on general techniques used in space astronomy, such as calibration, cryogenics in space and laser aligned structures
Discusses practical precautions to be used for astronomical space instrumentation as it relates to the launch and other implications of the space environmen


M.C.E. Huber, A. Pauluhn, J.L. Culhane, J.G. Timothy, K. Wilhelm, A. Zehnder

  • ISBN: 978-1-4614-7803-4
  • Published: March 2010
Volume SR 8

Multi-Spacecraft Analysis Methods Revisited

In 1998, as part of the preparation for the Cluster mission, ISSI published a book entitled Analysis Methods for Multi-Spacecraft Data as the first volume, ISSI SR-001, in its Scientific Report series [Paschmann and Daly, 1998]. An updated version is still available in electronic form from the ISSI web site. As the book was published before Cluster was launched, no data were available for testing the multi-spacecraft methods. In the seven years since the launch in 2000, however, there have been ample opportunities to do so, as described, for example, in Volume 20 of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI.
The purpose of the present book, again published in ISSI’s Scientific Report series, is to complement the original book by presenting the results of these applications, with emphasis on the validation and further development of the methods, including their limi- tations and pitfalls. Many of the original authors have contributed to this update.


G. Paschmann, P.W. Daly

  • ISBN: 987-92-9221-937-6
  • Published: April 2008
A Spiral Amongst Thousands
Credits ESA/Webb, NASA & CSA, A. Martel