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QUANTIFY TTC - Quantifying the Climate Impact of Global and European Transport Systems - Extension

Summary information

Funding:FP6 - Integrated Project
Total cost:619172
Ec contribution:388172
Start date:2006-12-01
End date:2010-02-28
Duration:39 months
Coordinator:Robert Sausen (
Organisation:Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt E.V. - Germany
Keywords:Transport systems; greenhouse gases
Project name:QUANTIFY TTC - Quantifying the Climate Impact of Global and European Transport Systems - Extension
Project summary:Abstract
The main goal of the IP QUANTIFY is to quantify the climate impact of global and European transport systems for the present situation and for several scenarios of future development. The climate impacts of various transport modes (land, shipping, and aviation) are assessed in high resolution, including long-lived greenhouse gases like CO2 and N2O, and in particular the effects of emissions of ozone precursors and particles, as well as of contrails and ship tracks. The project goal includes provision of forecasts and other policy-relevant advice, which will be supplied to governments and to international assessments of climate change and ozone depletion, such as the IPCC reports and WMO-UNEP ozone assessments. Using significantly improved transport emission inventories, better evaluated and hence more reliable models, these new forecasts will represent a considerable improvement of current predictions.

Several transport scenarios and potential mitigation options need to be assessed to inform policymakers and industry. QUANTIFY provides such guidance by focused field measurements, exploitation of existing data, a range of numerical models, and new policy-relevant metrics of climate change. To achieve this goal, several advances in our fundamental understanding of atmospheric processes will be required such as the mechanisms by which pollutants are transported from exhaust into the free atmosphere, the impact of pollutants on clouds and the role of absorbing aerosols.

The QUANTIFY-TTC extension aims to enhance QUANTIFY by integrating partners from Russian Federation, India, and China to provide transport emission and scenario information from this rapidly developing region of the world, to obtain empirical data to significantly reduce uncertainties and to strengthen the flight campaign and cloud-aerosol interaction research by providing presently unavailable experimental data. Consequences and intervention options for European policy and technology can thus be identified.

The basic concept behind the proposed QUANTIFY-TTC extension is to increase the knowledge base necessary to reach the main QUANTIFY goal in those areas where either modellers and cloud microphysicists can strongly benefit from presently unavailable experimental data, or where the present QUANTIFY emission inventory databases can be significantly augmented from the currently rapidly developing Russian Federation and Asian region.