HALO Mission on Mid Latitude Cirrus and Contrail Cirrus
The Midlatitude Cirrus ML-CIRRUS mission is a campaign with the research aircraft Gulfstream G-550 HALO of the German atmospheric science community. The aim of the ML-CIRRUS mission is to investigate nucleation, life cycle and climate impact of natural cirrus and aviation induced cloudiness.
The flights are scheduled from 24 March to 30 April 2014 with the operational base in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. The target area are cirrus and contrail cirrus in the mid latitude tropopause region in Europe and the North Atlantic.
The mission is a joint activity of German research centers and universities led by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the German Aerospace Center DLR, with participants from the Research Centre Jülich, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, the Universities of Mainz, Leipzig, Frankfurt, and Heidelberg, the LMU Munich, the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research in Leipzig, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich.