Review of Comprehensive Pole-to-Pole Airborne Survey of Greenhouse Gases
J.W. Elkins1, S.C. Wofsy2, F.L. Moore3, E.J. Hintsa3, B.R. Miller3, S.A. Montzka1, J.D. Nance3, D.F. Hurst3, C. Sweeney3, E. Atlas4, D.W. Fahey1 and the HIPPO team5
1NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305; 303-497-6224, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
3Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309
4Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, Miami, FL 33173
5National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA 22230
The collaborative research project: “HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations” (HIPPO) of carbon cycle, greenhouse gases study, and black carbon has measured cross sections of atmospheric concentrations approximately pole-to-pole, from the surface to the tropopause, three times during different seasons, with two more transects planned for 2011, to span a 2.7 year period. A typical survey comprises 10-12 flights over a 27-30 day period, traveling over 30,000 miles, and sampling the air from ~500 to 45,000 feet. A comprehensive suite of tracers of climate-forcing and ozone-depleting species are measured including CO2, O2:N2 ratio, CH4, CO, N2O, δ13C and δ18O in CO2, PAN, H2, SF6, COS, CFCs, HFCs, HCFCs, halogenated solvents, organic nitrates, and selected hydrocarbons from 24 instruments. HIPPO transects the mid-Pacific ocean with some excursions to its eastern and western coasts. HIPPO provides a unique and comprehensive global survey of atmospheric trace gases and black carbon covering the full troposphere in all seasons and multiple years. This campaign has achieved a “snapshot” of the atmosphere through measurements of temperature, pressure, humidity, and aerosol, black carbon, water vapor and ice crystals, and chemical composition, dramatically enhancing our understanding of our changing atmosphere and that of our model representations. This talk highlights the findings of the first three surveys, and plans for the final two surveys. These airborne profiles also bridge the information gap between ground-based networks and satellites.