Lufthansa has equipped a second aircraft with data gathering equipment that measures trace elements at cruising altitude.
The Airbus A330 will monitor emissions and cloud particles at high altitude as it flies globally. Lufthansa already has another long-haul aircraft, an A340, which carries the same equipment.
The airline is participating in IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System). “Supporting climate research is important to Lufthansa, as our aircraft provide an excellent platform for measuring instruments. The data gathered at cruising altitude is particularly important for understanding our climate,” says Dr Gerd Saueressig, who oversees climate research projects in the Lufthansa Group.
After every landing, the data is transmitted directly to the National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS) in Toulouse, where the IAGOS database is located. It can then be used by numerous research facilities worldwide. The first IAGOS aircraft has been in compiling date since July 2011, when Lufthansa and Rhineland research centre Forschungszentrum Jülich launched a long-term study of the earth’s atmosphere during scheduled flight operations.