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How to avoid contrail cirrus

Mannstein, Hermann and Gierens, Klaus and Spichtinger, Peter (2007) How to avoid contrail cirrus. 1st CEAS European Air and Space Conference, 2007-09-10 - 2007-09-13, Berlin (D).

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The impact of air traffic on climate is dominated by the contribution of aircraft induced cirrus. Hence, any mitigation strategy has to consider the production of contrails and cirrus clouds. Here we use operational radiosonde data with high vertical resolution to estimate the effect of a small change in flight altitudes to avoid flight in ice supersaturated air, hence to suppress contrail and cirrus formation. It is shown that a substantial fraction of contrails and contrail induced cirrus can be avoided by relatively small changes in flight level, due to the shallowness of ice-supersaturation layers.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:How to avoid contrail cirrus
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Mannstein, HermannUNSPECIFIED
Spichtinger, PeterETH Zurich, Zurich, CH
Date:28 September 2007
Keywords:air traffic, contrail, cirrus, mitigation
Event Title:1st CEAS European Air and Space Conference
Event Location:Berlin (D)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2007-09-10 - 2007-09-13
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Remote Sensing
Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Dynamics
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Hermann Mannstein
Deposited On:02 Jan 2008
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:28

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