Jean-Louis Brenguier, founder of EUFAR in 2000, next to SAFIRE's ATR42. Photo credit: EUFAR
From in situ measurement of atmospheric properties to remote sensing, the high manoeuvrability of instrumented aircraft allows researchers to pursue atmospheric and environmental phenomena, especially in remote locations, to follow their evolution and to explore their physics, chemistry and biology from small spatial sales up to thousands of kilometres.
First created in 2000, EUFAR was born out of the necessity to create a central coordination network for the airborne research community in Europe. With funding from the European Commission, it was able to establish a scheme of Transnational Access. This aimed to support researchers by providing access to facilities not accessible in their home countries in addition to professional support and training.