Picture galleries: Zeppelin NT in climate research
Thanks to the unique flight characteristics of the Zeppelin NT, the Jülich researchers can observe important climatic processes in the region of the atmosphere that is decisive for them, the planetary boundary layer at an altitude of up to about 2000 metres. The longest deployment of the Zeppelin NT for climate research so far has taken the scientifically equipped airship across Europe. The campaign covers a total of twenty weeks in 2012 and 2013. The two previous campaigns took place in 2007 and 2008.
Picture gallerie: GLORIA -- Unique Climate Research Experiment
Precise measurements of the atmosphere are indispensable for predictions of climate change and its impacts. A research group from the Helmholtz Association centres in Jülich and Karlsruhe therefore started a unique experiment in December 2011 in Kiruna, northern Sweden, to observe climate-related gases and atmospheric movements with unprecedented accuracy.
On satellite images, the atmosphere looks fragile – this atmosphere that makes life on our planet Earth possible. The significance for climate change of this extremely complex layer and its physical and chemical processes was the topic of the 2011 keynote speech at the end-of-year ceremony. Prof. Andreas Wahner gave the lecture on 21 November to an audience of about 230 guests from politics, science and industry and employees of Forschungszentrum Jülich in the Rhineland Regional Museum in Bonn.