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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).
DEEPWAVE campaign - investigation of gravity waves in the atmosphere above New Zealand
For a number of nights between 29 June and 23 July 2014, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Falcon research aircraft will be flying over the New Zealand Alps (Southern Alps) to investigate how these waves propagate from Earth's surface up to an altitude of around 100 kilometres using modern laser metrology and other instruments. The results will help to improve climate and weather prediction models. The international aircraft measurement campaign DEEPWAVE (Deep Propagating Gravity Wave Experiment) is being carried out by the DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics in cooperation with partners in the USA and New Zealand.
DLR Falcon visits Berlin Air Show between two environmental and atmospheric research missions
In time for the start of the Berlin Air Show (ILA) and coming straight from joint flight trials with NASA in Palmdale, California, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Falcon 20 E research aircraft landed at the Berlin Show Ground, where NASA, DLR and the Canadian National Research Council (NRC) held a press conference on 21 May 2014 to discuss their cooperation and to present initial results from the NASA-led ACCESS-II mission (Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions). With a better carbon dioxide balance and significantly reduced amounts of carbon particulates in the exhaust emissions when compared to kerosene, the biofuels demonstrated the potential of renewable fuels for environment-friendly developments within aviation.
Research aircraft HALO examines cirrus clouds and vapour trails
Unanswered questions about the formation of clouds and their impact on the climate are currently setting limitations on the validity of global climate forecasts. To make a detailed analysis of the climate effects of natural ice clouds and the vapour trails created by air traffic, the HALO research aircraft (a collective initiative by German environment and climate research bodies) embarked on the first of a total of 12 measurement flights on 24 March 2014.
More safety in air traffic - early detection of air turbulence
New results in atmospheric research indicate that climate change will increase possible encounters of turbulence by cruising aircraft. A method to detect turbulences was now developed for the first time within the European project DELICAT (Demonstration of LIDAR based Clear Air Turbulence detection) by scientists of the DLR Institute for Atmospheric Physics.
New concepts to reduce climate effects of aviation: DLR project WeCare started
In the beginning of June the kick-off meeting of the new DLR project WeCare took place. A couple of DLR institutes participate in this project which is led by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics. WeCare runs until 2017.
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