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IAP

The Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (IAP) is active in climatology and meteorology, aeronomy, ionospheric and magnetospheric physics, space plasma physics and solar system exploration. It directly participates on a number of international space projects and cooperates with the European Space Agency (ESA), with national space agencies in the US (NASA), in France (CNES), and in China (CNSA), and with research institutes worldwide. The Institute is located in Prague and employs more than 70 full time staff members, 36% of which hold the PhD degree or its equivalent. The area of scientific activities of IAP includes the development of instruments for satellite missions, theoretical and computational modeling of planetary physics phenomena and data analysis with emphasis on space plasma physics, atmospheric, auroral and magnetospheric physics and solar wind. The spacecraft research and engineering groups at IAP have been responsible for the development and operations of 5 small spacecraft of the MAGION program. They have also been involved in building different scientific instruments for in situ measurements of parameters of space plasmas and plasma waves, for instance in the frame of several spacecraft missions of the Russian Intercosmos program, of the French DEMETER or ESA PROBA II missions. The Institute's telemetry station in Panska Ves currently acquires plasma wave measurements of the Cluster mission. The data analysis efforts at IAP have been carried out, for example, for the Intershock, APEX, Interball, Magion, Freja, Polar, Cluster, Double Star, Stereo, DEMETER, and Cassini missions. IAP is involved in instrument building efforts for the future missions such as TARANIS, Solar Orbiter, and Resonance. The Institute brings to the MAARBLE FP7 project research infrastructures consisting of large data bases of ground based and space instruments where IAP participates at the PI or CoI level, and of different analytical and computational resources. IAP has well established research and project cooperation links to member of the MAARBLE consortium.

Main tasks: The IAP will contribute to WP3 and WP4.