Prof Hartmut Boesch

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PhD (University of Heidelberg)

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2273


Office: Michael Atiyah Building, Room 110

Webpage of the Greenhouse Gas Remote Sensing Group

Personal details

I am a Professor in Earth Observation Science (EOS) group at the University of Leicester, which is an interdisciplinary team based in the Space Research Centre of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. I worked for several years at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the development of the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) mission. I also joined the EOS Group at University of Leicester as a RCUK research fellow in 2007 focusing on the analysis of greenhouse gas observations from the GOSAT mission and on the preparation of future greenhouse gas missions. Elsewhere, I am a Science Team member of the NASA ACOS (formerly OCO) project and the NASA OCO-2 mission, a GOSAT RA researcher, a member of the ESA Advisory Group for the ESA Earth Explorer 8 Candidate mission Carbonsat, a co-proposer of the Tropical Carbon Mission, co-I and project manager for the ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) GHG theme phase 1, and investigator for the EU FP7 MACC-II and InGOS projects.

Administrative duties

  • Head of Earth Observation Science (EOS) Group
  • Department Research and Strategy committee

Professional activities

  • Divisional Director, National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)
  • Science team member of the NASA OCO-2 project
  • Member of Mission Advisory Group (MAG) for ESA Earth Explorer 8 Candidate Mission Carbonsat
  • Co-chair for IWGGMS-7 and session organizer for EGU General Assembly
  • Member of  scientific committee for IWGGMS-9, IWGGMS-10 and ESA Living Planet Symposium 2013
  • Member of the NERC Peer Review College


Modules that I delivered in past academic years include:

  • Dynamics (PA1110)
  • Planetary Remote Sensing (PA2610/20 – opt 2604)
  • Spacecraft Imaging Systems (PA2930 – opt 2904)
  • Earth System Science (CH4203)




    Satellite-based remote sensing of atmospheric greenhouse gases

    Development of ground-based and aircraft instruments for greenhouse gas remote sensing

    Design of new satellite missions for greenhouse gases

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