Project 12 - Climate

The direct impact of aviation on climate via the emission of greenhouse gases and particles is small relative to other anthropogenic sources. However, the potential impact of aviation on climate is unique because aviation associated sources occur at high altitudes where other anthropogenic sources are absent, and aircraft are the only major source of emissions above the Arctic Circle. The climatic and chemical impact of aviation emissions and the resulting contrails and contrail-enhanced cirrus in the troposphere and stratosphere may be significant. There are large uncertainties in relating aviation emissions to changes in radiative forcing or surface temperature, especially for contrail-associated pathways. The research seeks to find robust relationships between aircraft emissions and the properties of contrails generated by aircraft under a variety of atmospheric conditions using both a high-resolution large-eddy simulation model and telescoping global-regional climate model.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Grant 10898870

    Grant 11091260

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Hileman, James

    Maurice, Lourdes

  • Performing Organizations:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Stanford University

    450 Serra Mall
    Stanford, CA  United States  94305
  • Principal Investigators:

    Reherman, Clay

    Waltz, Ian

  • Start Date: 20130626
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 34527

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572500
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: Grant 10898870, Grant 11091260
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 8 2015 1:01AM