Airborne meteorology (co-organized)
Convener: Clemens Drüe  | Co-Convener: Jens Bange 
 / Wed, 09 Sep, 09:00–10:30  / Room Kyoto
 / Attendance Wed, 09 Sep, 16:15–17:00  / Display Mon, 07 Sep, 09:00–Wed, 09 Sep, 18:00  / Sofia I

Separate Poster Introduction: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EMS2015/session/19942

Aircraft represent the only platform that is able to collect targeted atmospheric in-situ measurements throughout the troposphere and the lower stratosphere. Flying instrument carriers often even represent the only viable method to gain information about weather hazard events such as hurricanes. And research aircraft as well as unmanned aerial vehicles are indispensable tools for studies aimed to improve the understanding atmospheric processes. Commercial airliners represent the most valuable source of upper air data input to operational weather forecast models. On the other hand, present-day aviation weather products help to mitigate this weather impact but are broadly considered as needing further improvement. New developments, in turn, need aircraft measurements for validation. Any kind of air traffic is exposed to atmospheric processes that may include or develop weather hazards. Hence, all acting individuals in aviation have to be aware of the relevant up-to-date information at the right time, or they may take wrong decisions that cause delays or decrease safety. Emissions, such as greenhouse gases, contrails, and noise become must be characterized and predicted to reduce the environmental burden of air traffic. Addressing these topics becomes an increasingly important topic because air traffic is expected to continue growing rapidly.

Since many of the above-mentioned aspects are overlapping, this session will cover all kinds of interactions between aerial vehicles and meteorology, authors are invited to submit abstracts with focus on one or more of the following topics:

1. Airborne Measurements:
- airborne instrumentation and measurement platforms, e.g. UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles)
- airborne measurement techniques, including meteorological remote sensing
- meteorological experiments involving airborne platforms
- weather hazards for aviation

2. Weather prediction:
- air-traffic related methods for forecasting, predictions, and products
- impact studies and verification of forecasts
- airborne measurements in the forecast cycle

3. Aviation meteorology
- meteorological services in the cockpit: priorities, sources, delivery;
- importance of MET for the future ATM needs (e.g. as part of NEXTGEN and SESAR projects);
- environmental impacts of aviation