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Stratosphere (IEK-7)

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Forschungsflugzeug HALO
Atmospheric Research to Protect the Climate
Jülich, 14 March 2017 – The research aircraft HALO has gathered atmospheric data in all regions of the Earth's stratosphere over the last five years. "Now more than ever, we require fundamental research work and a detailed evaluation of climate data to ensure our climate protection measures are based on concrete facts," said Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Johanna Wanka in Berlin during a symposium on past HALO missions as well as those planned until 2022.
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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 …

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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 …

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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 …


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