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Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Affiliation: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Prof. Dr. Markus Rapp
Head of the Institute
Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre
The Institute of Atmospheric Physics investigates the physics and chemistry of the global atmosphere from the Earth's surface up to the upper boundary of the middle atmosphere at about 120 km height. As an institute of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) we answer questions associated with atmospheric processes and with relevance to the research programmes "Aeronautics, Space, and Transportation" and "Energy" of the Helmholtz Association (HGF).
First successful tests of new LIDAR system measuring the climate gases CO2 and CH4 onboard HALO
After a development phase of more than four years, a new multi-wavelength LIDAR system for climate research has successfully been tested onboard the HALO research aircraft for the first time. Its aim is the simultaneous remote sensing of the greenhouse gases CO2 and CH4 in the atmosphere, responsible for a large part of anthropogenic global warming and playing a key role in climate projections.
WakeNet-Europe Workshop 2015 - international wake turbulence networking
The DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IPA) co-chaired this year's WakeNet-Europe Workshop jointly with the DLR Institute of Flight Guidance and TU Braunschweig (in cooperation with the National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands (NLR), Eurocontrol, and Thales). Strong participation from numerous European and global aviation stakeholders and presenters sparked a successful workshop, highly appreciated by representatives from the European Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Study on the inclusion of aviation in international climate protection protocols
30 April 2015
The air traffic with its various climate effects can be integrated in the international climate protection protocols. Significant reductions of climate relevant emissions are possible without larger influences on the air traffic demand. This results from a recent study of DLR with contributions by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics. For the first time, the total climate effect of air traffic was considered in such a study. The total effect is about twice as high as the effect of CO2 alone.
Sustainable Aviation with the help of climate-optimized flight planning
Aviation plays an important role in the global mobility. However, it also alters the atmospheric composition and thereby contributes to climate change. In the light of developing sustainable aviation climate-optimized flight planning offers one possibility to mitigate aviation climate impact. A feasibility study on climate-optimized flight planning was performed within the European collaborative project REACT4C and has been awarded the Aviation Award 2014 by the Airport of Stuttgart. This study of scientists of the institute and other coauthors from the European project team has the title 'Reduction of air traffic contribution to climate change: a REACT4C case study'.
The ozone hole will be closed
On behalf of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), scientists of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics and other DLR instituts have contributed as lead-authors and reviewers to the current assessment of the evolution of the ozone layer in the stratosphere. Newest studies indicate that the ozone layer in the mid-21st century will have the same thickness as observed in the early 1980s.
A satellite-supported procedure to predict volcano ash
8th European weather radar conference successfully finished
DEEPWAVE campaign - investigation of gravity waves in the atmosphere above New Zealand
DLR Falcon visits Berlin Air Show between two environmental and atmospheric research missions
Research aircraft HALO examines cirrus clouds and vapour trails
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