European Facility For Airborne Research

European Facility For Airborne Research March 21, 2019, 06:32

Welcome to EUFAR

Jean-Louis Brenguier, founder of EUFAR in 2000, next to SAFIRE's ATR42. Photo credit: EUFAR

EUFAR - Created in 2000, EUFAR was born out of the necessity to create a central network for the airborne research community in Europe with the aim to support researchers by granting them access to research infrastructures, not accessible in their home countries, and providing professional support and training.
From in situ measurement of atmospheric properties to remote sensing, the high maneuverability of instrumented aircraft allows researchers to pursue atmospheric phenomena, especially useful in remote locations, follow their evolution and explore their chemistry and physics from small spatial sales up to thousands of kilometers.

Since its creation, EUFAR has significantly evolved in terms of its activities, budget and size of network. The current project, EUFAR2, has a budget of €6m, funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7), spanning over the period 2014-2018, following three previous contracts under FP5, FP6 and FP7. Météo-France has been responsible for the overall coordination of the EUFAR projects, with the exception of the current project - EUFAR2 - whose coordination is split between Météo-France (administrative coordination) and the Met Office (scientific coordination).

BAe146 operated by FAAM. Photo credit: Met Office

Aerosol Reference Pod on board Enviscope's LearJet 35A. Photo credit: EUFAR

Today, EUFAR2 coordinates and facilitates transnational access to 17 instrumented aircraft and 3 remote-sensing instruments through the 12 European-based operators who are part of EUFAR’s current 24-partner consortium. In addition, the current project supports 8 other networking activities and 2 joint research activities.

These activities are focused on improving and optimising access to research infrastructures, providing training opportunities with the aim of developing a community of young researchers, providing a forward look on the aircraft fleet based on user needs, improving and disseminating scientific knowledge, and promoting innovative instruments, processes and services for the emergence of new industrial technologies in the field, and harmonising standards and protocols for data management processes and archiving.

Training Course on Advanced Digital Remote Sensing in Ecology & Earth Sciences, Hungary, Aug 2010. Photo credit: EUFAR

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 312609

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