Joint IAGOS and IGAS Annual Meeting, November 16-20, 2015,
CIC Mto France, Toulouse, France
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The 6th IAGOS Instrument Package installed on an
A330-300 of Lufthansa
March 2015

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The fifth IAGOS Instrument Package installed on an
A340-300 of Iberia
March 2014

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IAGOS AISBL received legal personality
January 26, 2014


Related Projects


IAGOS - ERI (09/2008 - 08/2013)

In-servic Aircraft for a Global Observing System - European Research Infrastructure

  IAGOS-ERI was a European Preparatory Phase project for new research infrastructures listed on the ESFRI Roadmap.
The goal of IAGOS-ERI was to establish the technical, legal and organisational structure as well as funding needed for the RI. In addition, IAGOS-ERI aimed to coordinate with the scientific and user community, and to link the new infrastructure with other systems already established.
16 Partners; Coordination: Research Centre Jlich.

Final Report of IAGOS-ERI


IAGOS - DS (09/2005 - 01/2010)

Integration of routine Aircraft measurements into a Global Observing System - Design Study

  IAGOS-DS was a European Design Study for New Research Infrastructures, launched in 2005 to initiate the transition from the research projects MOZAIC into a sustainable infrastructure (IAGOS-ERI) with enhanced measurement capabilities and global coverage. A key objective of IAGOS-DS was the development and aeronautic certification of novel instrumentation with enhanced capabilities for worldwide deployment aboard Airbus longhaul aircraft.

Final Report

Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the atmosphere Based on an Instrument Container
  CARIBIC uses a special air freight container, filled with scientific equipment, which is deployed aboard a Lufthansa A340-600 on a monthly basis. During flight automatic instruments measure ozone, carbon monoxide and dust particles. In addition, large air samples are collected which are analysed later in the laboratory for a large number of species, including greenhouse gases, hydrocarbons and fluorocarbons. CARIBIC has joined the preparatory phase for IAGOS-ERI.

Measurements of OZone and water vapour by in-service AIrbus airCraft
  MOZAIC, the precursor of IAGOS, was launched in 1993 by AIRBUS, CNRS, CNRM and FZJ and several European airlines as an EU-funded research project. Autonomous scientific instruments were installed on five AIRBUS A340 aircraft operated by Lufthansa (2), Air France, Sabena, and Austrian Airlines to monitor the atmosphere day by day. Starting with ozone and humidity sensors, the equipment was expanded in 2001 for measurements of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. The MOZAIC database contains data from more than 100 million flight kilometres and 40.000 vertical profiles. The data are used by researchers worldwide for studying climate change and air pollution. The open data policy has led to more than 130 scientific publications.
Pacific Greenhouse Gases Measurement
  PGGM, a new initiative in Taiwan, aims at combining data from FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC satellites, China Airlines aircraft and Evergreen Marine Group’s container ships for establishing a climatology of greenhouse gases over the Pacific. A Boeing 747 aircraft will be equipped with instruments for monitoring carbon dioxide (see CONTRAIL) and two Airbus A340 will be equipped with the new IAGOS instrumentation to measure ozone, water vapour, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. A Memorandum of Understanding between members of PGGM and IAGOS was signed in Feb. 2008.
Comprehensive Observation Network for TRace gases by AIRLiner
  CONTRAIL is the second phase of a project initiated 1993 in Japan to monitor greenhouse gases from passenger aircraft operated by JAL. In 2005, new equipment for flask sampling and in-situ CO2 measurements was installed on five Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 777-200ER aircraft operated by JAL with regular flights from Japan to Australia, Europe, East and Southeast Asia, Hawaii, and North America, providing significant spatial coverage, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere.
Former Projects
Global Atmospheric Sampling Program
  The first routine aircraft project was initiated by NASA in 1975 for monitoring of ozone, carbon monoxide and particles from five passenger aircraft. The project was terminated in 1979 after having collected data from 6000 flights.
Measurements of Nitrogen OXides and ozone along Air Routes
  NOXAR was a Swiss project to monitor ozone and nitrogen oxides during 500 longhaul flights between 1995-1996 using an instrument package installed aboard a Boeing 747 of Swiss Air.

Last Update: 18.01.2016