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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).
'Atmospheric Physics' – a distinguished book about atmospheric research
The Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IPA) at DLR celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. On this occasion, a book titled 'Atmospheric Physics: Background – Methods – Trends' has been published. Editor is Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schumann who led the institute from 1992 to 2012. The book should bring a better understanding of the diverse subject areas and capabilities within the institute to a wide readership. The goal is to reach the many people who come into contact with atmospheric physics in their work, be this in science, education, a wide range of institutions or the numerous partners collaborating with the Institute of Atmospheric Physics. The book has now received its first award – on 9 January 2013, at the conference of the American Meteorological Society, Atmospheric Science Librarians International announced that the book had received an honorable mention in the Science category 'Best Books of the Year' for its outstanding topical contributions.
Messkampagne ESMVal mit HALO erfolgreich
Das im August 2012 an die Wissenschaft übergebene Forschungsflugzeug HALO (High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft) ist von seiner ersten erdumspannenden Mission zurückgekehrt. Für die Überprüfung globaler Klimamodelle absolvierte HALO in nur zehn Tagen Messflüge vom norwegischen Spitzbergen bis zum Rand des antarktischen Kontinents.
Recovery of the ozone layer continues
22 October 2012
Researchers at the DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics have been instrumental in the preparation of a report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) regarding the development of the ozone layer in the stratosphere. Based on estimates, by about the mid 21st century, the ozone layer will have the same thickness as it had in the early eighties. The latest evaluations of space-based measurements acquired by the DLR Remote Sensing Technology Institute, combined with model computations from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics support the statement that the regeneration of the ozone layer continues.
Increase of Arctic pollution due to climate change – IPA investigates emission sources in the Arctic
30 August 2012
Impacts of global warming lead to an increase of pollution import into the polar region, as well as to an enhancement of local emissions in the Arctic. Since the 1960s, the Arctic Ocean ice cover has decreased by 50%. Transpolar shipping and hydrocarbon resource extraction therefore is expected to heavily increase in the foreseeable future. Transport of pollution into the polar region already is enhanced, mainly due to import of Siberian and North American biomass burning emissions. Within the framework of the ACCESS project (Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society), scientists of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics performed in-situ measurements in the Arctic in July 2012.
Aviation-induced cirrus cover detected from diurnal cycle over North Atlantic
Linear cirrus clouds of ice particles, so-called contrails, are often visible behind cruising aircraft. Contrails have been identified from their linear structure in satellite data. However, the total amount of cirrus cover could only be estimated from model simulations. For the first time the cover by aviation-induced cirrus clouds was observed from Meteosat satellite observations using traffic data provided by EUROCONTROL.
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