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Geophysica im Hangar, (c) Talat Khattov
High-Altitude Research Aircraft Explores Asian Monsoon
Jülich, 31 July 2017 – The Asian monsoon is one of our planet’s most dynamic, high-energy weather systems. For the first time, scientists from all over Europe are examining the upper levels of the monsoon system in Nepal. A key part of these investigations is a measurement campaign headed by Forschungszentrum Jülich with the high-altitude research aircraft M55 Geophysica. The instruments on board will record the first-ever high-resolution distributions of various trace gases at the upper edge of the monsoon circulation.
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IEK-7 studies chemical, microphysical and dynamic processes in the atmosphere and the role they play in climate change. The institute focuses on the tropopause region (5 to 15 km), because this is where changes in greenhouse gases, aerosols and clouds have a particularly strong effect on the radiative forcing of the atmosphere. more: Research …


IEK-7 is involved in and coordinates numerous projects with partners in Germany and abroad. This includes collaborations within the Helmholtz Association, as well as with other research institutions, universities and industry partners. Projects are usually part of and funded by the R&D programmes for atmospheric and climate research of the Helmholtz Association (HGF), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the European Union (EU) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The results contribute to climate programmes, for example those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). more: Projects …


The results of our research are regularly published in the scientific literature. We also make key contributions to international assessments carried out by institutions such as WMO, IPCC and SPARC, which form the basis of decisions taken by policy makers in the field of atmospheric research and climate research. You can find information on past and present IEK-7 publications here: Results …