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Atmospheric and Earth System Research with the High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft (HALO)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
In 2007, the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme "Atmospheric and Earth System Research with the High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft (HALO)" (SPP 1294). Within the programme proposals are called for projects (up to three years' duration) starting from 2024 (HALO 2024). An earlier start of funding is not possible.
HALO plays a key role in atmospheric research in Germany. It is a state-of-the-art airborne platform specifically equipped with modern in situ and remote sensing instruments. HALO enables forefront Earth System science and allows for innovative atmospheric and geophysical measurements with an impressive high-ceiling altitude of up to 15 km and a spatial endurance of about 10,000 km. It may carry an instrumental payload of up to 3 tons and can be used to study processes within the troposphere and lower stratosphere. HALO-based research is supposed to help understand the interaction of processes within the Earth-system and human activities, which are highly relevant for society. For satellite missions, HALO provides unique possibilities to combine and validate space-borne data with measurements of the atmosphere that were performed in situ and near the ground.
HALO enables Earth System research on a high international level. Main foci of the scientific investigations are:
- sources, properties and processing of aerosol particles
- formation, evolution and radiative effects of clouds and precipitation
- transport and dynamics in the troposphere and lower stratosphere
- transport and transformation of chemical composition
- atmospheric coupling processes
Proposals must be submitted to the DFG by 21 October 2022 and should primarily refer to an upcoming mission, while it is also possible to submit proposals that utilise data from previous missions. Funds can be provided for the development of high-tech sensors and instruments that will be used specifically for the mission. Instruments to be permanently installed aboard HALO cannot be funded.
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