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HIAPER is used for a wide range of deployments, from flying near developing hurricane systems, to monitoring the way storm vortices form, to flying nearly from pole-to-pole to measure atmospheric trace gas levels over time and space to further our understanding of the carbon cycle. It has also been used to study convective storms and to track the progress of the Pacific dust plume through mid-latitude cloud systems. HIAPER is capable of providing vertical profiles of the atmosphere by flying very close to Earth’s surface or as high as the lower stratosphere. It is ideal for high-altitude or long range projects in many fields of environmental research.


PACDEX (2007)


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Areas of Research:  anthropogenic aerosols


CONTRAST (2014) 


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 Te HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) project was a multiyear,


global airborne research project to survey the latitudinal and vertical distri- bution of greenhouse and related gases and aerosols, funded by the NSF and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Between January 2009 and September 2011, project scientists and support staff flew five month- long missions over the Pacific Basin, spread throughout the annual cycle, from Earth’s surface to 14 kilometers in altitude, and from 87°N to 67°S.


Te landmark study resulted in an extensive, highly detailed dataset of over


90 atmospheric species from six categories, all with navigation and atmospheric structure data, including: greenhouse gases and carbon cycle gases; ozone and water vapor; black carbon and aerosols; ozone-depleting substances and their replacements; light hydrocarbons and PAN (peroxyacetyl nitrate); and sulfur gases/ocean-derived gases. A suite of specialized instruments on the aircraſt made high-rate measurements as the plane flew, while several whole air samplers collected flasks of air for later analysis in laboratories around the United States.


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Areas of Research: 


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