The 6th IAGOS Instrument Package installed on an
A330-300 of Lufthansa
IAGOS AISBL received legal personality
January 26, 2014
Welcome to IAGOS
IAGOS is a new European Research Infrastructure conducting longterm observations of atmospheric composition, aerosol and cloud particles on a global scale from commercial aircraft of internationally operating airlines.
Who? – The consortium
IAGOS is organized as an International not for profit Association (IAGOS-AISBL) with its seat in Brussels. Members of the Association are leading research organizations, universities and weather services from Germany, France and the U.K.
Why? – The science
Global climate change represents arguably the most serious environmental issue facing mankind today, with implications for global political stability and the global economy. Reliable predictions of the future climate using climate models are central and fundamental requirements for determining future mitigation strategies. The use of commercial aircraft allows the collection of highly relevant observations on a scale and in numbers impossible to achieve using research aircraft, and where other measurement methods (e.g., satellites) have technical limitations.
How? – The technical approach
IAGOS deploys newly developed high-tech instruments for regular in-situ measurements of atmospheric chemical species (O3, CO, CO2, NOy, NOx, H2O), aerosols and cloud particles. The data will be available in near real time to weather services and COPERNICUS service centres.
For whom? – The users
IAGOS will provide a data base for users in science and policy, including near realtime data provision for weather prediction and air quality forecasting. It will provide data for climate models, including those used in the COPERNICUS Atmosphere Monitoring Service, and the carbon cycle models used for the verification of CO2 emissions and Kyoto monitoring.
IAGOS builds on the scientific and technological experience gained within the research projects MOZAIC (Measurement of Ozone and Water Vapour on Airbus in-service Aircraft), which was funded by the EC between 1993 and 2004 under FP 4 and FP 5, and CARIBIC (Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the Atmosphere Based on an Instrument Container).
IAGOS has been on the ESFRI Roadmap since 2006. The preparatory phase for the development of the new Research Infrastructure was co-funded by the European Commission under FP7 (project IAGOS-ERI).