Contributing to Climate Change Science

To assist in increasing understanding of climate change science in the atmosphere, Cathay Pacific signed a memorandum of agreement with In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System (IAGOS), which is part of the European Commission’s European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures. Its aim is to conduct long-term monitoring of climate change contributors such as aerosol, cloud particles and atmospheric composition through the use of installed equipment on long-haul aircraft of international airlines, where satellite collections are not feasible. The results will form part of a database for science and policy users, including the provision of real time data for weather prediction, air quality forecasting and climate models. More information can be found on their website: www.iagos.org.

In 2011, we prepared to install the necessary scientific equipment onto one of our Airbus A330 aircraft for use in monitoring. We are also one of three Asian airlines who will be participating in this project. We will provide updates on this in next year’s report.

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