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Pollution from aircraft emissions

The European Commission, DG XII, has published the final report of the POLINAT project, which conducted research into pollution from aircraft emissions in the North Atlantic flight corridor. POLINAT ran from January 1994 to August 1996, and was supported by the Community's spe...
The European Commission, DG XII, has published the final report of the POLINAT project, which conducted research into pollution from aircraft emissions in the North Atlantic flight corridor. POLINAT ran from January 1994 to August 1996, and was supported by the Community's specific RTD programme in the field of Environment and Climate.

The objectives of the project were to determine the composition, spatial and temporal distribution, and transformation of pollutants emitted from jet engines of subsonic air traffic at cruising altitudes near the tropopause in the eastern part of the North Atlantic flight corridor. The investigations covered the cross-scales of the flight corridor and the exhaust plumes at ages of between several minutes and several hours.

Measurements were taken for water vapour, ozone, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, nitrous acid, nitric acid, sulphur dioxide, sulphuric acid, acetone, total and volatile condensation particles, the size spectrum and hydration properties of particles, and meteorological parameters.

The report of the project contains detailed results of the findings, described in the reports of the two sub-projects, one of which addressed measurement and the other addressed modelling. The research work carried out by the POLINAT project is to be continued in the POLINAT II project, also supported by the Environment and Climate programme.

Source: European Commission, DG XIII
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