On September 15, the successful CoMet 2.0 Arctic mission of the German research aircraft HALO (High Altitude and LOng range aircraft) came to an end after six weeks of intensive field research.
After 135 hours of flight over Canada, the data collected during the mission will now be analyzed jointly by the German Aerospace Center, DLR and its partners, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena, as well as the University of Bremen and Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Munich. In order to be able to collect the data, the latest space sensors developed by DLR were used on the HALO flights.
The aim of the scientific investigations is to measure greenhouse gases over Canada, to record climate gas emissions more precisely in the future and to make climate forecasts more accurate. The selection of the research site is not coincidental - this is precisely the region that changes first and most rapidly as the planet warms. A study by Finnish researchers published in the journal Nature in August 2022 found that the Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than the rest of the world over the past four decades.
The CoMet 2.0 mission is making a significant contribution to providing new tools for climate monitoring and improving the data basis for future climate policy decisions.
For more information, see the missions website or download the project's leaflet: