RAMOS - Technical Assistance For A Romanian Atmospheric Observation System is an ESA-ESTEC project (ESA/4000118115/16/NL/FF/gp) which proposes to develop and integrate an integrated facility based on combination of ground-based and airborne remote sensing capabilities to retrieve several atmospheric species (greenhouse gases, air pollutants, aerosols) in the perspective of current and future space-borne Earth observation missions. RAMOS represents the Romanian contribution to the international efforts in setting up ground-based or airborne platforms which will be used for the calibration and validation of Earth Observation missions’ products during the commissioning and operational phase (e.g. Sentinel-5P, ADM-Aeolus, EarthCARE).

RAMOS’s activities rely on the significant expertise gained in Romania in the last decade related to ground-based and airborne remote sensing. Current facilities include active and passive remote sensing instruments actively measuring various properties of aerosols, trace gases and clouds, but also research aircrafts, UAVs, and ground-based mobile platforms from INOE (National Institute of R&D for Optoelectronic), INCAS (National Institute for Aerospace Research “Elie Carafoli”) and UGAL ("Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati).