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Meteorology, Environment and Aviation

"Aviation interacts strongly with the environment: on the one hand, commercial aviation is influenced by the weather, while on the other hand, aviation-related emissions have a strong impact on the environment. The research unit Meteorology, Environment and Aviation investigates these interactions and many more. The latest developments and achievements in research and development are integrated into the curriculum of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Aviation and in a number of advanced teaching and training programmes."

Dr. Julien Anet, Head of the research unit Meteorology, Environment and Aviation

The research unit

The research unit Meteorology, Environment and Aviation investigates the effects of weather phenomena on air transportation as well as the environmental impact of and on the aviation industry as a whole.

Over the last 30 years, innovation in aeronautical weather products has been modest, even though science has made major improvements in aeronautical weather forecasting, which can now be depicted in far better detail than ever before. This stagnation can be overcome regionally by providing further training to flight personnel (e.g. at airlines, airport operators, and weather forecasting personnel).

Meanwhile, the aviation industry's environmental awareness has increased slowly but steadily in recent years. For instance, new engine emission standards are being implemented (e.g. SAE E31). The CORSIA programme marks the dawn of an exciting new era of CO2-neutral growth for the aviation industry. 72 member states have already committed to the implementation of the CORSIA programme. More recently, public awareness for aviation-related air pollutant emissions in the vicinity of airports and in the aircraft cabin (so-called aerotoxic syndrome) has increased significantly.

Our graduates and customers should be able to navigate their way around this dynamic environment. With our extensive network we can furnish the industry with the latest developments and the necessary knowledge.

Services

The research unit Meteorology, Environment and Aviation is able to offer the following services:

 

Laboratory facilities

The following laboratory facilities are available for consulting work, research & development and teaching:

 

Project examples

The following types of projects are carried out in the research unit Meteorology, Environment and Aviation: