HIAPERHigh-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research
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The Gulfstream V HIAPER enables us to investigate essential questions concerning the earth's changing climate that have previously been beyond our grasp," said Timothy Killeen, Director, NCAR.
As it flew, the plane (formerly known as HIAPER - the High-Performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research) repeatedly climbed as high as 13.
Scientists generally have to rely on ground measurements and then use mathematical models to extrapolate upwards when they need to create a picture of the global atmosphere, said Steve Wofsy, an atmospheric researcher at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the principal investigator for the 4-million dollar HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) project.
Known as the HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) mission, it will cover more than 24,000 miles as an international team of scientists makes a series of five flights over the next three years, sampling the atmosphere in some of the most inaccessible regions of the world.