FlyATM4E Steering Committee on International Mother Earth Day

FlyATM4E was having its Steering Committee Meeting today. The status of the different work packages were presented and the next steps of FlyATM4E Project were discussed.

This meeting coincided with the International Mother Earth Day.

Mother Earth is clearly urging a call to action. Nature is suffering. Oceans filling with plastic and turning more acidic. Extreme heat, wildfires and floods, as well as a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, have affected millions of people.  Now we face COVID-19, a worldwide health pandemic link to the health of our ecosystem.

We must act decisively to protect our planet from both the coronavirus and the existential threat of climate disruption.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

By expanding approved climate-assessment methods and optimization of aircraft trajectories, FlyATM4E contributes highly to this objectives by solving the task of reducing overall climate impact of aircraft operations.

FlyATM4E is developing a concept to identify climate-optimised aircraft trajectories which enable a robust and eco-efficient reduction in aviation’s climate impact. Climate optimization takes into account CO2 and non-CO2 effects, such as contrails and contrail-cirrus, water vapour, NOx and particulate emissions. FlyATM4E identifies those weather situations and aircraft trajectories, which lead to a robust climate impact reduction despite uncertainties in atmospheric science that can be characterised by ensemble probabilistic forecasts. This will improve the assessment of aviation’s climate impact. It will further identify those situations where there is a large potential to reduce the climate impact with only little or even no cost changes (“Cherry-Picking”) and those situations where both, climate impact and costs can be reduced (“Win-Win”). 

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