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Humidity probe for contrail-cirrus avoidance
Phone: (978) 663-9500
Phone: (978) 932-0242
In this SBIR project we will develop a new compact laser-spectroscopic instrument to measure humidity in the upper troposphere under conditions favoring the formation of persistent aircraft-induced contrails and contrail-cirrus clouds. Aircraft-induced contrail-cirrus clouds account for the major share of aviationrsquo;s climate impact by way of radiative forcing. It is therefore critical to try and minimize the occurrence of contrails and contrail cirrus to reduce the climate impact of the global aviation fleet.nbsp;Our system will make active contrail-cirrus avoidance possible by the real-time measurement of the humidity state of the atmosphere and hence allow for active cirrus-contrail mitigation strategies.nbsp;The system we propose will measure atmospheric humidity using laser spectroscopy and will provide a better detection limit than presently available commercial technology. It will have low-power consumption, and will be compact enough to be a permanent asset including data downlink on commercial aircraft for continuous humidity monitoring at cruise altitude as well as during the ascent/descent profiles. To minimize the climate impact of global aviation we need aircraft equipped with our technology that fly on intercontinental routes along the busiest flight corridors.
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