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In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System -- European Research Infrastructure

IAGOS-ERI is one of the new European Research Infrastructures on the ESFRI Roadmap 2006. It will establish and operate a distributed infrastructure for longterm observations of atmospheric composition, aerosol and cloud particles on a global scale from a fleet of initially 10-20 longrange in-service aircraft of internationally operating airlines. IAGOS-ERI deploys newly developed high-tech instruments for regular in-situ measurements of atmospheric chemical species (O3, CO, CO2, NOy, NOx, H2O), aerosols and cloud particles. The data will be available in near real time to weather services and GMES service centres. The provision of these data in near-real-time and the development of the interface between GMES and IAGOS-ERI is the role of IGAS.


Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the atmosphere Based on an Instrument Container

CARIBIC uses a special air freight container, filled with scientific equipment, which is deployed aboard a Lufthansa A340-600 on a monthly basis. During flight automatic instruments measure ozone, carbon monoxide and dust particles. In addition, large air samples are collected which are analysed later in the laboratory for a large number of species, including greenhouse gases, hydrocarbons and fluorocarbons. CARIBIC has now been integrated into IAGOS-ERI, however the datasets are usually referred to as "IAGOS" or "CARIBIC" data due to the difference in their methodology and data products. There are more frequent measurements from IAGOS, but CARIBIC measures many more species.


MACC-II: Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate

Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate - Interim Implementation - is the current pre-operational Copernicus Atmosphere Service (formerly known as the GMES Atmosphere Service). MACC-II provides data records on atmospheric composition for recent years, data for monitoring present conditions and forecasts of the distribution of key constituents for a few days ahead. MACC-II combines state-of-the-art atmospheric modelling with Earth observation data to provide information services covering European air quality, global atmospheric composition, climate forcing, the ozone layer and UV and solar energy, and emissions and surface fluxes. IGAS will help MACC-II/the Copernicus Atmospheric Service with the provision of quality-controlled, well documented near-real-time and delayed-mode atmospheric measurements carried out in IAGOS-ERI.