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Forschungsflugzeug HALO im Einsatz
Understanding the Climate Better with GLORIA
Jülich, 11 January 2016 – Global climatic processes are complex and many questions are still open. Climatologists from Forschungszentrum Jülich now aim to answer two of them: What processes influence ozone depletion in the lowermost stratosphere? And what effect do the elusive gravity waves have on climate? To solve these issues, Jülich scientists together with colleagues from several German research institutions are heading north from Kiruna in Sweden on board the research aircraft HALO for measurement flights. At altitudes of up to 14 kilometres, the GLORIA detector developed at Jülich will also be put into operation.
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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 …