Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the atmosphere Based on an Instrument Container (CARIBIC): Atmospheric Chemical and Physical Processes Measured from Passenger Aircraft
Entry ID: CARIBIC

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Summary
Abstract: The Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the atmosphere Based on an
Instrument Container (CARIBIC) is an aircraft based scientific project. Before
take-off a special air freight container filled with scientific equipment is
loaded into the cargo compartment of a passenger aircraft. The container is
connected to the outside air through a system of tubes. Instead of suitcases
this CARIBIC container contains scientific equipment. Whilst passengers enjoy
their flight, all the equipment automatically and quietly carries out thousands
of measurements.

Each flight is a complete experiment. The data records provided with a set of
self-explanatory header lines are stored into the database. Dataset-name and
-acronym contain a string _Vxx which stands for the version of revision - see
above. Version V02 has more convenient header layout and a few obvious mistakes
corrected in the data. Thus the highest version is recommended for download,
lower versions serve as collateral. Users must first register with CARIBIC to
download the data.

A more powerful package than the one deployed on the 1997-2002 flights, began
deployment in December 2004 on the Lufthansa German Airlines Airbus A340-600.

Data sets consists of:
Carbon Monoxide
Ozone
Gas chromotagraphy analysis of:
Carbon monoxide (CO)
Methane (VH4)
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6)
Ozone (O3)
Isotopes of CO and CO2
Non-Methane Hydrocarbons (NMHC)
Meteorological parameters including:
Temperature
Potential Vorticity
Potential Temperature
Equivalent Potential Temperature
Wind components: u, v
Wind Speed, Wind Direction
Water vapor volume mixing ratio
Water vapor (H2O)
Relative humidity
Specific Humidity
Cloud Cover
Cloud cover water content
Cloud cover ice content

Related URL
Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: CARIBIC Project home page and access to documentation, science results and data download instructions.


Geographic Coverage
 N: 90.0 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Brenninkmeijer, C.A.M, et al
Dataset Title: Civil Aircraft for the Regular Investigation of the atmosphere Based on an Instrument Container
Dataset Release Date: 1997
Dataset Release Place: Mainz, Germany
Dataset Publisher: MPI-CH
Online Resource: http://www.caribic-atmospheric.com/


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1997-01-01
Stop Date: 2002-12-31

Start Date: 2004-12-01


Location Keywords
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL
VERTICAL LOCATION > STRATOSPHERE
VERTICAL LOCATION > TROPOSPHERE


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >AEROSOLS >AEROSOL PARTICLE PROPERTIES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >CARBON MONOXIDE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >EMISSIONS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >LEAD    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >PARTICULATES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >SULFUR OXIDES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >TROPOSPHERIC OZONE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >TRACE ELEMENTS/TRACE METALS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >TRACE GASES/TRACE SPECIES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >POTENTIAL TEMPERATURE >EQUIVALENT POTENTIAL TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >HUMIDITY >SPECIFIC HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >HUMIDITY >RELATIVE HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >WATER VAPOR    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >UPPER LEVEL WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >VORTICITY >POTENTIAL VORTIVITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD FREQUENCY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD MICROPHYSICS >CLOUD LIQUID WATER/ICE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD VERTICAL DISTRIBUTION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >FLIGHT LEVEL WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >BOUNDARY LAYER WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >CARBON AND HYDROCARBON COMPOUNDS >CARBON DIOXIDE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >CARBON AND HYDROCARBON COMPOUNDS >CARBON MONOXIDE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >CARBON AND HYDROCARBON COMPOUNDS >NON-METHANE HYDROCARBONS/VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >CARBON AND HYDROCARBON COMPOUNDS >METHANE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >NITROGEN COMPOUNDS >NITROGEN OXIDES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >NITROGEN COMPOUNDS >NITROUS OXIDE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >OXYGEN COMPOUNDS >MOLECULAR OXYGEN    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >OXYGEN COMPOUNDS >OZONE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >SULFUR COMPOUNDS >SULFUR DIOXIDE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >SULFUR COMPOUNDS >SULFUR OXIDES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY >SULFUR COMPOUNDS >SULFATE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
ENVIRONMENT


Platform
AIRCRAFT    [Information]


Instrument
CHEMILUMINESCENCE
CO2NDIR >Carbon Dioxide Nondispersive Infrared Analyzer    [Information]
GAS CHROMATOGRAPHS    [Information]
NDIR GAS ANALYZER >Nondispersive Infrared Gas Analyzer    [Information]
DOAS >Differential Optical Absorption Spectrometers    [Information]
GC-MS >Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometry    [Information]
PTR-MS >Proton Transfer Mass Spectrometer
CPC >Cloud Particle Counter
OPC >Optical Particle Counter    [Information]


Project
CARIBIC >Civil Aircraft for Reg. Investigation of Atmos. Based on Instrument Container    [Information]


Access Constraints
Users must first register with CARIBIC before downloading the data.


Keywords
atmospheric chemistry
CO
O3
CH4
CO2
N2O
SF6
isotopes
NMHC
VOC
passenger aircraft


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Originating Center
MPI-CH


Data Center
Atmospheric Chemistry Division, Max Plank Institute for Chemistry    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.atmosphere.mpg.de/enid/2.html

Data Center Personnel
Name: CARL A.M. BRENNINKMEIJER
Email: carlb at mpch-mainz.mpg.de
Contact Address:
Max Plank Institute for Chemistry
Atmospheric Chemistry Division
City: Mainz
Country: Germany



Distribution
Distribution_Media: onliine
Fees: none


Publications/References
Brenninkmeijer, C.A.M., et al. (2005), Analyzing Atmospheric Trace Gases and Aerosols Using Passenger Aircraft, EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 86, 8, http://www.caribic-atmospheric.com/publications.htm, For additional publications, please visit the link above

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-03-17
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-12-19

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