This easily lends itself for comparison studies of the atmospheric gases in the northern hemisphere to those in the southern hemisphere. Additionally, the three-year window of this study will allow for sampling in every season in both hemispheres giving researched a complete and comprehensive picture of our atmosphere.
Britt Stephens, an NCAR scientist and HIPPO co-principal investigator, describes the field project's flight path and how the flights will help researchers determine carbon dioxide's influence in different regions of the globe.
Phase V Flight Plan
The HIPPO V mission is broken down into 13 Research Flights (RF) over a one month period. The flight plan is as follows:
- RF01 :: Local Research Flight
- RF02 :: Local Research Flight
- to Christchurch, New Zealand
- RF08 :: Christchurch, New Zealand to Southern Polar Regions, return to Christchurch
- RF09 :: Christchurch, New Zealand to
- RF10 :: to
- RF11 :: to Anchorage, Alaska
- RF12 ::
- RF13 :: Anchorage, Alaska to Boulder, Colorado