QUANTIFY Project final meeting

January, 25–27. The «Evaluation of World and European Air Transport systems’ environmental impact» final meeting of QUANTIFY 6FP Project (2005–2009) partners was held in Munich (Germany).

The Project focused on the world and European Air Transport systems’ environmental impact evaluation in order to estimate the current situation and the development of possible scenarios for further progress. The researchers analyzed the environmental impact of various transport systems, including the greenhouse gas, CO2 and NO2, the vortex wake of aircrafts and seagoing crafts.

TsAGI contributed to the QUANTIFY project scientific section on «Transport scenarios and emission accounting." It was responsible for simulating and analyzing the air transport density over Russia during the period from 1992 to 2005 in order to evaluate its environmental impact. TsAGI specialists solved the following problems:

  • Developing the 4D mathematical model to calculate the rate of air vehicle utilization over Russia.
  • Preparation of data that are needed for simulating, i. e. the standard flight profiles of Russian and foreign civil aircraft of various types, the geographical location of Russian primary and regional airports, the timetable of Russian and foreign air traffic over Russia.
  • Generating the database on distributing civil aircraft holding time within the 3D global scale model cells over Russia in accordance to years and aircrafts types.

The Project Head Coordinator Robert Sauthern (DLR) made a report on results obtained. The scientific section leaders spoke about the achievements and challenges to be solved in such areas as the ground and air transport influence upon cirri formation, the trends in atmospheric pollution, the simulation of transport impact on climate and the identification of reasonable flight paths, and so on.

More than 40 institutions from EC Member-States, the USA, the Russian Federation, India and China took part in the QUANTIFY Project. DLR, University of Manchester, Max Planck Gesellshaft, Airbus, ONERA, TsAGI, Institute of Nuclear Physics of Moscow State University, the Central Aerology Observatory were among the conference participants.