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Integration of routine Aircraft measurements into a Global Observing System

Integration of routine Aircraft measurements into a Global Observing System

Objective

IAGOS is a design study pursuing the preparation of a resilient distributed infrastructure for routine observations of atmospheric composition, aerosols, clouds and contrails on the global scale from commercial in-service aircraft. Observations in the Up per Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere (UTLS) are critical for improving the scientific understanding of chemistry-climate interactions, particularly those associated with the roles of clouds, aerosols and chemical composition. This information is essen tial for improving the scientific basis related to predictions of global climate change and for the assessment of surface air pollution, including the influence of aviation impacts and of emissions from other parts of the world on Europe. In IAGOS, new instrument packages will be developed which include state of the art developments based on the former MOZAIC instrumentation for O3, H2O, CO and NOy/NOx with significant reductions in size and weight. A central element is the certification of the packa ges for installation and deployment on Airbus longrange aircraft and for maintenance in compliance with aeronautical regulations. New instrumentation will be designed for aerosol, cloud particles and for stratospheric water vapour. Another important elem ent is the design of realtime data provision from the new instruments to meteorological services. Finally, IAGOS will establish the logistic and financial boundary conditions for the operation of the new infrastructure and will initiate the dialog betwe en scientific partners, users and airlines interested in supporting the new infrastructure. IAGOS is epected to make a significant step forward in the development of a globally operated in situ ob-servation network for the climate system.

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Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH

Address

Leo-Brandt-Strasse
Juelich

Germany

Administrative Contact

Andreas VOLZ-THOMAS (Dr)

Participants (8)

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AIRBUS UK LTD

United Kingdom

BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC

United Kingdom

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FÜR LUFT-UND RAUMFAHRT E.V.

Germany

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

MÉTÉO-FRANCE, CENTRE NATIONAL DE RECHERCHES MÉTÉOROLOGIQUES

France

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSTITY OF MANCHESTER

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 11902

  • Start date

    15 April 2005

  • End date

    14 January 2010

Funded under:

FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 528 611

  • EU contribution

    € 2 577 000

Coordinated by:

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH

Germany