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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).
Flight tests for alternative fuels
Alternative fuels have the potential to support the environment and climate-friendly developments in air transport. At present, global air traffic contributes towards almost five percent of global warming. In addition to the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, condensation trails and the resulting cirrus clouds lead to a significant climate impact. In a three-week series of flight tests lasting until 9 October 2015 within the ECLIF project (‘Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuels‘), the DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics in cooperation with the DLR Institute of Combustion Technology is investigating how to reduce the impact of air transport on the climate by using alternative fuels.
Forschungsflugzeug HALO: Auf der Langstrecke für Messungen im asiatischen Sommermonsun
Mit mehr als zwölf Messinstrumenten an Bord startete das Forschungsflugzeug HALO des DLR Ende Juli in Richtung Zypern. Von dort aus geht es dann für Messflüge in das Einflussgebiet des asiatischen Sommermonsuns über der Arabischen See, dem Indischen Ozean, dem Golf von Bengalen und dem östlichen Mittelmeer. Insgesamt fünf Wochen lang werden während der Mission OMO die Schadstoff-Emissionen ermittelt, die der Monsun vom Boden bis in große Höhen befördert und großräumig verteilt.
Wind-Lidar-Campaign in preparation of the ADM-Aeolus Mission
For accurate weather forecasts for Europe it is crucial to capture the winds over the North Atlantic as precisely as possible. Scientists at the DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics have developed an airborne prototype of a wind lidar (light detection and ranging) that is scheduled for deployment on a new European Space Agency (ESA) satellite for launch by end 2016.
Contributions of IPA to the DKK position paper
The Deutsche Klimakonsortium (German Climate Consortium, DKK), the umbrella organisation of German climate researchers, has issued a position paper on the perspectives for climate research from 2015 to 2025. The paper was formulated by 80 invited scientists and experts, among them also scientists from the DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics. It represents a consensus of the leading climate and climate impact researchers.
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.
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