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Scientists Take Off On Historic Mission To Measure Greenhouse Gases That Have Impact On Climate

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January 7, 2009
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HIAPER, one of the most advanced research aircraft in the United States, is scheduled to embark on an historic mission spanning the globe from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

HIAPER in flight.
Credit: NCAR/National Science Foundation

HIAPER, one of the nation's most advanced research aircraft, is scheduled to embark on an historic mission spanning the globe from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

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Starting Jan. 7, 2008, the HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) mission will cover more than 24,000 miles as an international team of scientists makes a series of five flights over the next three years sampling the atmosphere in some of the most inaccessible regions of the world.

The goal of the mission is ambitious--the first-ever, global, real-time sampling of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses across a wide range of altitudes in the atmosphere, literally from pole-to-pole.

To date, much of our understanding of global atmospheric greenhouse gasses has been acquired from distant satellites, balloon launches, or highly sophisticated supercomputer models. HIAPER's pole-to-pole mission will, for the first time, give scientists real-time global observation data to correlate with those climate models.

HIAPER is short for the National Science Foundation's High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platfrom for Environmental Research. A modified Gulfstream V jet, it can fly at high altitudes for extended periods of time and can carry 5,600 pounds of sensing equipment, making it a premier aircraft for scientific discovery.

HIPPO is a joint project being led by Harvard University. Other partners include the National Science Foundation, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Oceanic and atmospheric Administration and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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National Science Foundation. "Scientists Take Off On Historic Mission To Measure Greenhouse Gases That Have Impact On Climate." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 January 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090107203126.htm>.
National Science Foundation. (2009, January 7). Scientists Take Off On Historic Mission To Measure Greenhouse Gases That Have Impact On Climate. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090107203126.htm
National Science Foundation. "Scientists Take Off On Historic Mission To Measure Greenhouse Gases That Have Impact On Climate." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090107203126.htm (accessed October 24, 2014).

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