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HIPPO Project (Image 2)

November 24, 2010
View of former glacial flowage, as seen from the HIAPER (High-Performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research) aircraft during the HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) project, a landmark study where scientists are attempting to systematically map the global distribution of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

The HIPPO project is investigating the carbon cycle and greenhouse gases throughout various altitudes of the Western Hemisphere throughout the annual cycle. HIPPO is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its operations are managed by the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The main goal of the program is to determine the global distribution of carbon dioxide and other trace atmospheric gases by taking samples at various altitudes and latitudes in the Pacific Basin.

The research will be conducted by a 10-person team aboard HIAPER, a modified Gulfstream-V (G-V) aircraft that was designed and developed by NSF for high-altitude observing and advanced research. The research will take place over a 27-day period, traveling over 30,000 miles, sampling atmospheric gases from sea level up to 45,000 feet. Further information about the HIPPO project is available Here.

NCAR is supported by NSF and other federal agencies to provide facilities and support for a wide range of studies in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a nonprofit consortium of universities that grants Ph.D.s in fields related to atmospheric science. UCAR's primary function is managing NCAR. To learn more, visit the NCAR Web site, Here. [Research supported by NSF grant ATM 06-28575.] [Image 2 of 3 related images. See Image 3.] (Date of Image: 2009)


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