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Lufthansa and climate research

Lufthansa and climate research

Lufthansa is one of the world’s leading airlines.

Did you know?

  • The Earth’s atmosphere consists of six different atmosphere layers.
  • Most commercial aircraft travel takes place in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere and in the transition layer in-between – the tropopause, a region of special interest for climate research.
  • There is a lack of monitoring of our own atmosphere because satellite and ground-based instruments cannot monitor the tropopause appropriately. However, measurements made on civil aircrafts can help close this gap.
  • Many features, such as the chemical and physical interactions of the atmospheric system, are still unknown. Therefore, research plays an important role in order to improve climate models and hence the assessment of man´s impact on the earth’s climate.

What are we doing?

  • Lufthansa has been supporting climate research for more than a decade.
  • Lufthansa has been supporting Project MOZAIC since 1994.
  • Lufthansa supports CARIBIC, an atmospheric basic research project for a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of our atmosphere.
  • Lufthansa is involved in the new Project IAGOS which aims to develop an infrastructure to observe the Earth’s atmosphere on a global scale with support from civil aviation.

What is the result?

  • Project MOZAIC has produced a unique database, which has helped to improve climate models significantly. The measurements have, among other things, led to a better understanding of greenhouse and reactive gases (water vapour, ozone, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides) in the atmosphere.
  • Project CARIBIC began in December 2004. A container filled with scientific instruments weighing 1.6 tons is regularly loaded into the cargo hold of the Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 “Leverkusen.” During these flights, 20 scientific instruments installed in the container measure numerous trace gases as well as the concentration and distribution of aerosols.
  • Please see the Lufthansa website
  • Please see MOZAIC Newsletter
  • Please see IAGOS Newsletter

 **Videos from Lufthansa**

 Lufthansa's MOZAIC atmospheric research project

 

 Lufthansa's CARIBIC atmospheric research project