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Steve Wofsy chats about HIAPER

High-tech jet will conduct real-time sampling of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses from pole-to-pole (NSF)

The High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research, or HIAPER, is one of the nation's most advanced research aircraft.

Owned by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by NSF's National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the modified Gulfstream V (GV) jet will be returning from the first leg of its historic HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) mission on Friday.

The mission will have spanned the globe from the Arctic to the Antarctic and has provided scientists with new insight into how carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases are spreading through the multiple layers of the Earth's atmosphere.

Two lead scientists on the project, Steven Wofsy of Harvard University and Britton Stephens of NCAR, will be joined by NCAR head of Aircraft Operations Support Pavel Romashkin and NSF's Lower Atmospheric Research Section head Anne-Marie Schmoltner in a teleconference about the flight on Thursday, January 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Topics: Environment, Climate

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Steven C. Wofsy

Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science