Light and Life Laboratory

The name of our laboratory is meant to reflect that we are primarily interested in the interactions of light with living organisms in our environment and in using light as a diagnostic and predictive tool for studying our environment.

The release of man-made trace gases and the burning of fossil fuels pose a potential threat to our environment in terms of ozone depletion and increased exposure to harmful ultraviolet radiation as well as a warmer climate.

The technical innovation that will be required to mitigate and prevent harmful effects of these environmental changes lies at the heart of Technogenesis, and a proper understanding of light and life interactions is a prerequisite for proper mitigation.

Our vision is to become a world leader in remote sensing of the environment and in the development of instruments for measuring environmental changes.