Universidad Complutense de Madrid members: Javier Ruiz, Laura M. Parro, Alberto Jiménez-Díaz and Federico Mansilla.
UPWARDS (Understanding Planet Mars With Advanced Remote-sensing Datasets and Synergistic Studies) falls within Horizon 2020, the European Union’s most ambitious research and innovation programme, which aims at excellence in scientific production, industrial leadership and the quest for answers to social challenges. UPWARDS is a cutting-edge project which, through the cooperation of groups of excellence, will build a comprehensive image of Mars, examining everything from the subsoil to the escape into space.
The development of new tools and their application for the study of existing data aims to answer some of the great questions about the red planet, among which stand out the global water cycle, the exchange of methane and other gases between the atmosphere and the interior of Mars, the behaviour of dust storms and the nature of the Martian subsoil. Furthermore, members of UPWARDS will participate in the European ExoMars mission, 2016-2018, developing new analytical tools to help create a scientific framework of reference for future missions to Mars.
The UPWARDS consortium is composed of the Higher Scientific Research Council (CSIC, Spain); the Open University (OU, United Kingdom); Institut d’Aéronomie Spatiale de Belgique (IASB, Belgium); Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France); Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF, Italy); Koninklijke Sterrenwacht van Belgie (ORB, Belgium) and the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM, Spain).