TU Delft


Delft University of Technology (http://www.tudelft.nl/) is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive technical university in the Netherlands. With over 19,000 students and 2,500 scientists (including 400 professors), it is an establishment of both national importance and high international standing. The university collaborates with other international educational establishments and research institutes and has partnerships with governments, branch organizations, industries and companies. TU Delft ranks 58th on the 2019 THE World Reputation Rankings list.

TU Delft is involved in FlyATM4E with the research group of Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects (ANCE) in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (AE). The faculty AE is a well-established Aerospace School, one of the largest in the world. It was founded in 1940 and currently has about 300 staff members and a student body of more than 2000 students. Furthermore, its unique technical infrastructure includes a flying test bed in the form of a Cessna Aircraft, numerous research wind tunnels, flight simulator and laboratories equipped with sophisticated non-intrusive measurement techniques. The faculty is internationally oriented and participates in a large number of international networks and projects.

The research group ANCE is integrated under the department of Control and Operations (C&O). The department is focused on the through-life operations associated with aerospace industry. It addresses the avionics systems of individual aircraft, flight control and flight deck design, the environmental effects of aviation (i.e., noise, local air quality and climate), airline operations and support, air traffic control and safety, airports and the operations associated with air transport as a whole. The research group ANCE consists of 2 professors, 1 associate professor, 2 assistant professors and more than 10 PhD students. The research group is active in modelling environmental effects (noise, local air quality and climate) of aviation. They have been involved in climate modelling as a contributor to a large community model EMAC, which is a sophisticated earth-system model. Furthermore, ANCE has been involved in different EU projects to study the climate impact of aviation.

In FlyATM4E, TU Delft is responsible for cherry picking solutions (WP3, possibility of rerouting a small number of flights, which flying highly climate sensitive regions, to achieve a large reduction in climate impact with nearly no influences on cost)

Key Persons

  • Prof. Dr. Volker Grewe is Full Professor (part-time) of the group ANCE (Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects) and has long-term experience in global modelling of climate chemistry interactions. He was involved in numerous EU projects on atmospheric impact of aviation emissions, e.g. TRADEOFF, SCENIC, HISAC, REACT4C, and ATM4E and contributed to the IPCC-Special Report “Aviation and the global atmosphere -1999”. He was vice-chair of ECATS IASBL for sustainable aviation from 2015 to 2019. He serves as topical editor for Geoscientific Model Development (since 2008). He published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and held more than 60 invited presentations at international conferences (including AGU, EGU, and TAC) or institutes. He was visiting scientist at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA; NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, USA; NCAR, Boulder, USA. CICERO, Oslo, Norway; and NASA-Ames, Mountainview, USA. His role in FlyATM4E will be is leading WP3 (Climate impact reduction in an enhanced ATM) and organizing strategies for developing win-win and cherry-picking solutions and supporting dissemination activities and recommendations in WP4.
  • Dr. Feijia Yin is an assistant professor in the research group of Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects (ANCE), TU Delft. She received her PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering from TU Delft in 2016. Her research focuses on climate effects of aviation, related to novel technologies, operations, and alternative energies. In the past, she has been involved in several European projects to study the mitigation options for the aviation’s environmental impact, e.g., AHEAD, ATM4E, etc. In FlyATM4E, she is responsible for developing the “cherry picking” solutions in WP3 and supporting dissemination activities in WP4.
  • Dr. Irene C. Dedoussi is an Assistant Professor in the Aircraft Noise and Climate Effects (ANCE) section of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of the Delft University of Technology. Her work aims to enhance our understanding of the environmental impacts of aviation, and contribute to its sustainable growth. Her research applies novel numerical methods to calculate the air quality and climate-relevant impacts of aviation emissions’ (and other sectors’) perturbations. She has worked on aeroacoustics in the past, and in particular on landing gear noise. Irene received her PhD from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds a MS from MIT, and a MEng (Hons with Distinction) and BA (Hons) from the University of Cambridge. Her role in FlyATM4E will be contributing to WP4 by formulating recommendation with respect to other effects such as air quality and noise.